App makes nature enjoyment bilingual

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Aug 20, 2012

App makes nature enjoyment bilingual

Park rangers get ready to begin one of about five tours held Aug. 18 to unveil a new smartphone app that allows Spanish speakers to enjoy the newly restored wetlands. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

SAN DIEGO — In an effort to increase Hispanic participation at the recently restored San Dieguito wetlands, San Diego Gas & Electric, REI and the San Dieguito River Park Conservancy partnered to create a smartphone application to teach Spanish-speaking youngsters and their families about nature and the trails.“Call it a high-tech way to introduce low-tech nature,” said Kelly Sarber, media director for the wetlands. “We got the fish and birds here. Now we had to figure out a way to get the people here.”

Visitors with smartphones can scan one of 20 QR, or quick response, codes every 10th of a mile along the trail that translates information. Bilingual signs have been added to the route for those who don’t have smartphones.

Read more…  Article provided by Laura Ramirez.

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