- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine company is hoping to attract younger audiences to national parks by creating free mobile apps.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KhzdVk) users who download the app, Chimani, will have access to a map, guidebook and activity planner of the park they’re visiting.

The app uses the device’s built-in GPS and remains operational without phone or data connectivity since it preloads the content. It also shows the user’s location in real-time as well as nearby points of interest.

The Portland-based app can show users where to go hiking, bicycling, boating, swimming, horseback riding and fishing among other activities. It also suggests the best times to visit based on factors such as tides and sun positioning.

The app makes money through in-app sponsorships.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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