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The Best Nature Apps for Kids

Nature Maestro Rainforest Day is reviewed in the January 13, 2016, edition of “Sierra,” an online magazine of the Sierra Club. In her article “The Best Nature Apps for Kids,” Reviewer Aliyah Kovner went straight to the heart of Nature Maestro: “After just a few minutes of play, parents and children will create a richly layered soundscape that transports listeners into the heart of the tropics.”

Scroll down the Sierra article to see the full review of Rainforest Day ($1.99 for iPad) available through the iTunes app store.

We love the Sierra Club! It’s a natural fit for Nature Maestro. We’re in good company with Audobon Owls, Meet the Insects: Forest Edition, MarcoPolo Ocean, and Star Walk Kids.





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Earth in Concert: Nature Sounds Empower Environmental Education

Dennis-Hysom-Nature-MaestroApril 22, 4PM, Sebastopol Regional Library Forum Room

A community and family event for all ages

In honor of Earth Day, Dennis Hysom, field recordist and composer, presents “Earth in Concert” at the Sebastopol Regional Library. He will talk about his experiences recording in North and Central America, being still in nature, listening closely, and the nature of sound. He will demonstrate field recording equipment and techniques, play animal and weather sounds from Costa Rican rainforests, Louisiana bayous, Dakota prairies, the Caribbean, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay, and lead a participatory “Identify that Animal!” activity. He will also discuss the creation of Nature Maestro, mobile iOS apps for environmental education that incorporate sounds from his extensive library. Hysom has composed many music and nature albums and a major motion picture ambience using these sounds. On Earth Day April 22, the Nature Maestro Rainforest Day app for iPad will be free for download from the iTunes App Store. To learn more about Dennis’s projects, visit &

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Nature Maestro Apps for Families and Teachers

Our first five educational iOS apps are launched! Check them out on our Nature Maestro  website or in our Earth in Concert page on the iTunes App Store. These audio-rich apps empower you to learn through sound.

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Nature Maestro Rainforest Day launches in iTunes Apps!

We’re thrilled to launch Nature Maestro Rainforest Day, the first in our family of educational apps for iPad. We created the Nature Maestro® platform to share the rich library of nature recordings that Dennis has made in many of Earth’s great places. Now we’re chortling with glee, howling with delight, humming with happiness, and fluttering with joy to give Rainforest Day its wings.

Soon to follow will be Rainforest Night, Glacier Bay, and Expedition. We hope you’ll stay on our list to hear the latest and spread the word!

Happy Thanksgiving and Thanks!

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Nature Maestro Rainforest Day iPad App

We’re excited to announce we will be launching our first Nature Maestro app for the iPad toward the end of August 2014. Here’s one screenshot from the Explore feature of the app: Blog-RFD-1