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TECHNOLOGY BRINGS NEW MEANING TO "TAKE A HIKE"

Picture of four co-op students

You’re hiking in Rouge National Urban Park. You see a strange-looking plant. You’re itching to learn more about it.

Enter Parks Canada and four UTSC students from The Hub, the campus’s entrepreneurship centre—they’re creating an app that people can use while visiting the park. It will feature information about the area’s wildlife, plant life, agricultural community and 10,000 years of human history.

“We’re using technology as a bridge to experience nature,” says Kaitlyn Chow.

Her job is to get to know the park better by regularly “taking hikes,” along with fellow environmental science master’s student Winston Lee and computer science undergrads Derek Etherton and Alexander Cavanagh.

Development of the app will take two years. It will grow along with the protected area itself, which will expand to a full size of 79.1 square kilometres, about 50 times the size of Toronto’s High Park.