The Arbor Day Tree Identification Guide app (US$4.99) does exactly what its name suggests. It offers clear, beautifully illustrated step-by-step interaction.

You start by choosing a section of North America to explore — either primarily western or eastern regions. You then choose the kind of leaves (needles, flat or scaly), and you’re off.

I found the app to be lovely and easy to use. It’s an excellent match for smart middle schoolers. Grades 3-5 may enjoy the identification portion, but the vocabulary in the “big reveal” will really push their reading abilities.

The app offers a useful glossary of terms, as well as a full list of supported trees — so you can browse the botany library without having to perform any specific searches.

The app is a little treasure, one that should appeal to any family that hikes or enjoys geocaching in the wild.

Want to learn more about Arbor Day? Visit the foundation’s web site:

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