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Naturalist App

Field guide app for our reserve

The Naturalist App Engineering Service Learning team, in collaboration with the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve, is creating a mobile application that contains a searchable field guide of collected information and observations about the Reserve. The field app highlights the area’s flora, fauna, geology, history, and climate. Additionally, the app will be able to accept crowdsourced tagged descriptions and photographs from the Reserve into a growing research library of observations.

Project Status 

At present, the Naturalist App team is in the process of identifying and developing the backend of the application features such as a searchable database. By the end of November 2017, Naturalist App team plans to have a beta app ready to be field tested by Reserve visitors. 




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