So many apps out there seem to fall into one of two camps—incredibly useful or completely useless. To that end, we checked out some of the handiest apps for Portland parents and have located 11 we think are the best. Whether you’re hopping on TriMet or heading to one of the Multnomah County Libraries, saving money with the Chinook Book or looking for the restroom inside Powell’s, take a quick minute to download these essential apps that will make life as a parent a little less busy and a lot more fun.

Hug Some Trees

Portland is home to nearly 300 species of trees that have been recognized and protected by the City Council because of their age, size, species, historical association, or horticultural significance. They're known as heritage trees. With the help of the free PDX Trees app, you can use your phone to search for nearby trees on a city map, view the identifying details of individual trees, and upload and view photos from visits to various heritage trees.

Available for iPhone at pdxtrees.org for free.

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What are your favorite apps as a Portland parent? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway