In collaboration with Forest Department, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and financial assist from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Environment Improvement Society (MMREIS), we developed a cell phone nature tour mobile app for the Sanjay Gandhi National Park called e-forest trails. This app is an innovation which will revolutionize self-guided nature trails in protected areas in future. The highlight of the app is its text and audio commentary which gives a live experience. The trails are GPS mapped and points of interested geotagged which will help in easy navigation on the trail. Each point of interest is marked on the trail as well as on the site. The idea is to engage SGNP tourists by use of technology and assist them in exploring the wilderness on their own. This app is also a tool for environmental educators specially teachers who sometimes do not have access to natural history resources or persons. The app brings nature trail education to finger tips of its users thus doing away the need of an expert or field guide in the first place.
The app describes 50 species (48 trees and two species of insects) along with their pictures and detailed taxonomical and ecological information. The content is provided in text form as well as in audio format. The text form includes whole information while only relevant information is used for the audio commentary. The language has been kept non-technical. In case people wish to add their findings from a particular trail, they could write to us or share it on Facebook Group.