Rating iNaturalist - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • Android, iPad
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About iNaturalist

iNaturalist is a popular plant identification app available for both android and iOS devices. It’s a great app for gardeners who love to discover new plants and grow them.

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iNaturalist app empowers you to easily explore and identify the plants and animals from various parts of the world or close to your location. 

iNaturalist app can be used to snap a picture of your observations of the natural world and then share them with an online community of nature lovers at You can use this app as a sort of mobile field notebook to help you keep track of the animals and plants you see in your community. Record the things you see as you hike around the countryside, take a walk around your neighborhood, visit a city park, or in your own backyard. Then, you can get help identifying the things you have photographed by syncing them with the iNaturalist online community.

The foremost intention of iNaturalist is to provide scientists and naturalists a community where they can share their findings (observations) and a way to provide quality information for scientists working to better understand and preserve nature.

This app is the result of a collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

This is more than an app designed to help you find the name of a plant from a photo but can be also used for that purpose. If you don’t need the extra features of this application, you can take a look at the simplified app originated from iNaturalist, which is called Seek.

What can kids learn?

Kids can learn about biodiversity and how to classify living things. These community-based efforts combine observations from large groups of users to find out the number and types of organisms in an area. iNaturalist is a chance for teens to collect data about species diversity as citizen scientists.

How to find the name of a plant with iNaturalist?

To find out the name of a plant with iNaturalist, you have to go to “New Observation” from the app’s menu. Then you can select whether you want to take a photo or choose an existing image from the image gallery of your phone.

Once you choose the desired photo, you have to click on the question mark before “What did you see?” to let the app automatically discover the name of the plant in your photo.


  • Explore new species of plants and animals in your area or across the world
  • Write your own observations and share them with the community of passionate naturalists and scientists
  • Permit other members to help you identify what you’ve observed
  • Review and assist others to identify what they found
  • Follow public projects of smaller communities and scientists passionate about particular species


  • 100% free app
  • Huge database of plants and animals
  • Good photo recognition capabilities
  • Allows user feedback for each result


  • You have to create a new observation to identify each new plant

App Details



Android, iPad





Critical Thinking
Academic Relevance


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No



Download iNaturalist

You can download iNaturalist on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the iNaturalist app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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