The public can now enjoy an educational experience while walking, jogging or biking along the 14-mile Spring Creek Nature Trail.
Bayou Land Conservancy announced June 4 it had launched a free TravelStorys app for mobile devices to teach the public about the ecology, history and biology of the trail. The organization works to protect and preserve land along streams in the Greater Houston area.
"[People] can download our eco tour before they get out on the trail, and then it uses geotags from each of the three different trailheads," BLC Executive Director Jill Boullion said in a statement. "Then they can learn about the history, the plants and animals, and the people who built the trail.”
The tour includes a series of short, podcast-style stories varying from information about local plants, animals and Native Americans that used the land known today as the Spring Creek Nature Trail. The segments of the tour begin at Creekside Park West Trailhead, Rob Fleming Trailhead and Montgomery County Preserve.
Becky Martinez, the conservancy’s conservation director, was instrumental in the app's development, according to BLC's June 4 news release.
“We’re excited to introduce this tour to the public as a way to enhance their outdoor explorations. The tour is very easy to use—it picks up your GPS location and plays automatically," Martinez said in a statement.
The app can also be used to navigate the trail via a map that shows the user's location in real time.
There are three segments to the tour along the 14-mile, natural surface trail. The tour can be experienced all in one trip or sections can be visited separately.
For more information about the Spring Creek Nature Trail Eco-Tour and to download the free app, click here.