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      A new way for you to ''Experience 231''

      For those of you that love being outdoors, there's a new app to help you find your way around Northern Michigan!

      The Grand Traverse Conservation District has launched it's new smartphone app - called "Experience 231". The app lets you type in what kind of activity you'd like to do and how long or far you'd like to go - and then gives you a list of the best locations to meet your needs.

      The app has seven local community organizations that have come together : the Grand Traverse Conservation District, Leelanau Conservancy, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Grand Traverse Park & Rec, TART Trails, and the Charter Township of Garfield.

      Creators say the app is easy to use and should help local families and tourists experience the best our area has to offer.

      "All these organizations came together with the purpose of creating this app to highlight all of our region's natural resources," said John Gessner, the Grand Traverse Conservation District Communications Coordinator. "What's really cool is that there's over 300 different experiences that people can go and learn more about and find. And it's all in one consolidated place, with expert input."

      The app currently covers five counties (Antrim, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee, & Kalkaska). App developers said that if you'd like to see an activity added, they would love to see the database expanded.

      The app is free. Just search "Experience 231" in the Apple App store or Google Play store.