Would you like to go on a statewide "field trip" with Oregon Travel Experience? Now you can, thanks to a fun new mobile app: Google Field Trip.
OTE's invitation from Google developers to join Field Trip was the result of a brainstorm by OTE Heritage Program Administrator Annie von Domitz. After using the app for several weeks, von Domitz sent an inquiry to the Google Field Trip development team.
"I thought it would be the perfect platform to showcase Oregon's Heritage Tree and Historical Marker programs," von Domitz said.
Following a review of OTE's website content, the Field Trip team approved von Domitz's request. Developers also integrated OTE's audio feature into the agency's heritage listings. The result is an extremely interactive experience for both Oregonians and the first-time visitor.
"Instead of searching your smart phone or tablet for places to stop, Field Trip sends a series of alerts about local sights or points of interest to your mobile device," said von Domitz. "It opens up a whole new world for anyone interested in Oregon history."
"The app is free - once it's downloaded to your tablet or smart phone (both iOS and Android operating systems are supported), simple instructions will help you configure your notification preferences," said von Domitz. "You can choose whether to receive alerts all of the time, less frequently, or even spontaneously with the ‘I'm feeling lucky' option.
"As you drive or walk around, Field Trip will point out nearby venues. Even if you don't have the time to stop, you can make a quick online visit," said von Domitz. "It's a new way to connect to our state's hidden gems."
Von Domitz is confident that Field Trip will spur interest in OTE's heritage sites. "I think Google Field Trip encourages people to explore their own neighborhoods, and at the same time, learn something new about destinations across our state," she said. "It's exciting that more and more visitors will find out about Oregon's notable trees and historical marker sites."
OTE wants your feedback. Once you download Field Trip in your app store, let the agency know how or if it helps you discover something new about heritage trees or historical markers in your location.
For more information about OTE's listings on Google Field Trip, contact Annie von Domitz, at 503-378-4508 or toll free at 800-574-9397.