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Pocket Ranger app provides state park information on the go

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In an effort to increase attendance at Florida state parks, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with Pocket Ranger, a smartphone app that acts as an interactive guide for visitors.

“We really want to give visitors the tools they need to plan their trip, to learn about what our parks offer and then to come out and experience our natural resources for themselves,” said Jennifer Diaz, spokeswoman for the Florida Park Service. “The app is really a tool to inspire, to help plan and to give great information on the go.”

One attraction of the app is its ability to reserve camping spots directly from your phone.

“On the go, you can reserve your cabin or campground or what-have-you,” Diaz said.

There are 171 state parks, trails and historic sites as part of the state park system. Diaz said the app provides an interactive guide with detailed information and maps.

“It really is like having a ranger in your pocket,” she said.

Jensen Werley wrote this story online.

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