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Naturalist App

Field guide app for our reserve

In collaboration with the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve, the Naturalist App Engineering Service Learning team, is creating a searchable field guide of the reserve to aid in tours for 6-12 grade audiences. The field app highlights the area’s plants, animals, geology, history, and climate, with a map interface.

Project Status 

At present, the Naturalist App team is conducting user testing with vernal pool visitors to ensure ease of navigation and provides relevant information to support the user's experience at the vernal pools.



Faculty Adviser

Thomas Hothem






Community Partner:
Merced Vernal Pools Grassland Reserve

The mission of the University of California Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. Read more at:

Team Biographies