Load these apps on your phone for extra summer fun—and a little added outdoor help.
AUDUBON BIRD GUIDE APP
A free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds helps identify birds near you and keeps track of birds already seen. It includes hours of audio clips of songs and calls. $0; audubon.org/app
Carry a planetarium with you via the Starmap app, designed by astronomers. Hold your smart device to the night sky to identify stars, planets, constellations, and the International Space Station. Gaze at a moon map and a 3-D model of the universe. $0; star-map.fr
There’s a weather app, and then there’s this weather app, which tells you about incoming storms, wind, wildfire, and more, in addition to a normal forecast. Now you can stake your tent in the right shelter from the wind and get out of Dodge before a severe storm comes sweeping through. $0; myradar.com
SUN EXPOSURE REFERENCE APP
Know exactly how long you can stay in the sun before burning, when to reapply sunscreen, and how much sun protection you’ll need based on the current UV forecast. $0.99; products .wolframalpha.com
Have a history of burning the burgers? Pick the type of meat and desired level of doneness in this app, then set the timer. Charred meat no more.