The biggest concern everyone has with this generation—we hardly leave the side of our phones and PCs. Well, their concern isn’t uncalled for. Gadgets are an integral part of our lifestyle and will continue to be.
But, what about talking a stroll in the park and enjoying the perks of nature?
To enthuse people, a lot of parks and zoos across the globe are using QR Codes.
A registered charity called Climate’s Sake based in Toronto, Canada has made efforts to fix this by combining both technology and nature. This initiative is part of their Treecaching trail.
“I’d love to see grandparents bringing their grandchildren, children bringing their grandparents. Kids are leaving their friends for (computer) monitors. Not playing street hockey. I want to bring that back.” – Alice Casselman, Founder, Climate’s Sake.
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As part of Treecaching trail, Climate’s Sake uses QR Codes to make smartphone loving children love nature too. Trees in Humber Arboretum park, Canada feature QR Codes that will link to more information on that particular species of trees.
Currently, nearly 16 trees of different species, including bitternut hickory, sweet maple, and ironwood feature a QR Code.
On choosing QR Codes to engage youngsters, Alice adds,
“Take them (kids) where they are and take it outside. You need to roll with where kids are at, speak their language.”
This isn’t the first time Canada has added QR Codes in parks to attract youngsters.
In 2016, Metcalfe Geoheritage Park in Mississippi Hills, added QR Codes for visitors to scan and learn more about the rocks on display.
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