App Pulls Data from Arboretum’s Extensive Drupal 7 Website
Key to BT's development of this app is technology that allows it to be updated through the Morton Arboretum’s open-source Drupal 7 Content Management System, which also powers their website. This innovation allows for easy enhancement of the full range of Arboretum information so it can be changed season by season.
Highlighting various sites along the Arboretum’s 16 miles of hiking trails and its award-winning Children’s Garden, the app offers different tour experiences, from fun, educational spots for families and kids to an excursion designed for birding enthusiasts. Gamification technology allows visitors to unlock achievements by completing tours. All the maps in the app are location aware using GPS, so users know their exact whereabouts within the Arboretum at any time.
BT's innovative approach of using open-source Drupal as the content management system to drive a Drupal mobile app is a relatively new concept - one that gives the Arboretum enormous flexibility in the way that they evolve the app to engage with members and visitors.