The Arboretum offered more than just the typical college campus maps to the public after they launched their new interactive plant finder map. This means that people who want to visit the Arboretum, situated at Penn State, could now navigate the parameters of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens more effectively and more conveniently.
More Than a Thousand Plant Species
The H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens serves as a lovely abode to more than 1,100 species of plants. In line with this, visitors could now readily pin point where the locations of these plants are. The said system is a map-based program which gives visitors enhanced accessibility to the living collections in the said garden.
Right at the Tip of Your Fingers
The said program could easily be accessed on a mobile phone. However, the system could also run under a computer which visitors could use while make their way through the Botanic Garden. What’s best about the Plant Finder Map is they could utilize the location services installed on their devices in order to find out which plant species are closest to them. With this being said, they could readily explore these nearby plants and have an aerial photographic view of it. On the other hand, if users want to achieve a detailed image, they could also zoom the aerial photographic overlay. And thus, they could now determine the identity of the plants more easily.
Collaborative Efforts of the Two Institutions Made it Possible
Through the commendable efforts of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) of the Penn State, the said Plant Finder Map has been successfully launched. Furthermore, the Arboretum and the IEE made this project into a reality through their collaborative efforts. It could be remembered that the said institutions have already collaborated numerous times in the past already. More so, some of their interactive online maps could be found at the Arboretum’s site.
As much as how college campus maps need to be updated on a regular basis, the Plant Finder map needs to be updated for future additions to the plant collections. Furthermore, they look forward to add more pictures and other media in order to make the interactive map as accurate as possible.