More than one billion people today will take part in Earth Day 2013. Governments, businesses, organizations and individuals will take time to celebrate the incredible planet on which we live. Below you will find five apps to help you get outside and enjoy nature as well as take steps to protect the Earth in your daily life.

iRecycle [iOS Universal; Free]

Reduce, reuse and recycle. Use iRecycle to find convenient recycling opportunities when you are at home or away. iRecycle provides you with more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials.

Vegetable Tree – Gardening Guide [iPhone; $3.99]

Use Earth Day to get started on that garden. Vegetable Tree covers the basics of sowing, growing and harvesting of a variety of vegetables. There is also information on seed depth, germination soil temperature, pH Range, indoor and outdoor requirements and more.

MapMyHike+ GPS Hiking [iPhone; $2.99]

Get outside today and enjoy some fresh air. When you head out, don’t forget to fire up MapMyHike+ GPS, which lets you track your hike and log them for future reference. Keep track of every path you follow and build an online journal of your hikes.

WattchIT [iOS Universal; $2.99]

WattchIT lets you analyze home electricity costs on a per room basis. Use the tips in the app to make changes in your electricity usage and same money. An excellent, but smaller companion to WattchIT is Stopwattch, which lets you set a timer to measure the energy usage of a single appliance or electronic device.

Geography Quiz Game [iPhone; Free]

Learn more about the world in the Geography Quiz Game. You can play online against other via Game Center or play against your friends in multiplayer tournaments.

Earth Day 2013: Five apps that’ll help you protect and enjoy our amazing planet originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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