A new iPad and iPhone App for use in outdoor education is being built for Aquarena Center, at the headwaters of theSan MarcosRiver, by developers atTexasStateUniversity. The new App will include an identification guide to the common fish, birds, plants and animals that inhabit the springs, wetlands, and adjacent watershed. The App will be available for download by visitors to Aquarena Springs, operated by the River Systems Institute,TexasStateUniversity. Organized groups may be provided iPads for educational purposes.
Researchers at the River Systems Institute are learning new ways to connect students with water. The new App and other technology enhancements are being designed specifically to allow for research in outdoor education in the unique environment of the San Marcos springs, which includes an entire watershed immediately adjacent to the springs, a wetlands education area, a lake, and a headwaters river.
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H2O (Headwaters to Ocean) is a cooperative project sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University and funding partner, the Ewing Halsell Foundation which supports the project H2O. H2O is an experiential, technology-enhanced education program focused on water, from headwaters to the ocean (http://www.water-texas.org)