Appalachian Laboratory Environmental Science Education

Appalachian Laboratory Environmental Science Education

The Appalachian Laboratory Environmental Science Education (ALESE) program promotes environmental and science literacy among learners of all ages and in diverse settings. Our team designs, implements, evaluates and researches education projects with a focus on integrating real-world science practices, tools and professionals into K-12 and informal education settings. Our work builds directly on environmental science research conducted by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory.

ArcGIS Explorer Online

ArcGIS Explorer on Line

ESRI - ArcGIS Explorer Online is a rich client for using, creating and sharing ArcGIS maps online. ArcGIS Explorer Online requires Microsoft Silverlight and includes: Support for reading and writing ArcGIS maps that can be used with, ArcGIS for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 and ArcGIS Desktop, support for marking up your map with features and editing feature services, support for creating and executing pre-defined and parameterized queries, the ability to include a presentation in your map and share it with others, and much more...



ESRI - The resources on ArcLessons have been created by educators for use in a variety of educational settings. If you have questions about any of the resources, please contact the author. Esri does not assume responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of the resources and recommends you review them before use.

Colorado STEM

Colorado STEM Resources

Here are a variety of resources for you to find out more about Colorado STEM and become involved with the STEM Community.

Directions Magazine A Disconnect Between the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education: Highlighting GIS as a Profession Without to Funding Geography Education, Joe Francica, Editor in Chief and Vice Publisher, Directions Magazine, July 8, 2010
Juice Analytics

Excel Geocoding Tool Juice is an expert in designing and building web applications that connect people with data. We work with clients across industries including healthcare, digital advertising, and other data-rich businesses. Founded in 2004, Juice has offices in Nashville, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. Our people, our platform and our passion are all dedicated to building data products that people love to use. To us, this means finding better ways of capturing the excitement of finding an insight and sharing it with a colleague. This means telling a story using data that unfolds as your understanding grows. This means delivering data products that make your customers say, "Wow!". We'd like to help you with your data challenges.

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Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Explore, find and log geocaches around the world. You can also get access to more tools to make geocaching even better with a Geocaching Premium membership. Use or the free official Geocaching apps for iPhone and Android to pick a geocache and navigate to its location. Once you find it, sign and date the logbook, re-hide the geocache exactly how you found it, and share your experience online

Learning Connections logo Geo-Cool: Exploring with Geotechnologies, Learning Connections
Health and Human Services

GeoMedicine - Map Your Health (Esri, Inc.)

Where someone lives impacts how they live. Track your patients' place history to determine if environmental and industrial hazards put them at risk for certain types of diseases. You can diagnose the root cause of community health issues and plan steps to mitigate them. Esri maps and spatial analysis can help you get better insights into the health of your patients and your community.

Geospatial Information and Technology Association

Geospatial Information and Technology Association

The industries that GITA serves are defined as infrastructure-based organizations that can benefit from the application of geospatial information technologies. GITA defines infrastructure as all fundamental services, activities, and operations that sustain our communities and way of life. GITA has a rich heritage-it is unparalleled in promoting geospatial information technology and the markets it serves. Every day, our members, Board of Directors, and many volunteers emphasize our commitment to maintain GITA's focus on the present as we embrace our vision of the future.

Gipsy Moth Trust

Gipsy Moth IV

Yale University Genocide Studies Program

GIS & Remote Sensing Project: Darfur, Genocide Studies Program, Yale University

Founded in January 1998 to expand the work begun in 1994 by Yale University's Cambodian Genocide Program, the Genocide Studies Program at Yale's MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide, and has provided training to researchers from afflicted regions, including Cambodia, Rwanda, and East Timor. For more information about the program, please see the "About" page.

YouTube GIS Awareness: High School GIS Education


GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.  The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

GIS Guide to Public Domain Data

The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data

The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data gives users of geographic information systems (GIS) relevant information about the sources and quality of available public domain spatial data. Readers will understand how to find, evaluate, and analyze data to solve location-based problems.

  • Additionally, if you already own the book, there are 10 Free online exercises, along with data for use from ArcGIS Online. Access this data by following this link.
  • Topics include assessing the impacts of potential climate change on coasts, ecoregions, population, and land cover, globally,  analyzing floods and floodplains along the Front Range, Colorado, and analyzing land use and sustainability in Brazil.
Prezi GIS Institute Road Map, Joseph Kerski
YouTube GIS SFGTV San Francisco
Gadball Geographic Information Specialists Job Description
Grass GIS

GRASS GIS - Free Software

GRASS GIS, commonly referred to as GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System), is a free and open source Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS GIS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies. It is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

In Time and Place

In Time and Place 

In Time & Place is a growing library of teaching materials for classroom, distance, or home use focusing on selected topics in American history. You will find many traditional reading, map, and photo related resources, but you will also find GIS (Geographic Information System) data and activities as well. All of the materials can be used individually or as a whole to build a unit on each topic in a way that best suits your and your students' needs. There are suggestions in some cases that the materials are well suited to group work or jigsaw type sharing activities. But these are not pre-packaged lessons; rather collections of resources that you can adapt to your style and specific classroom needs.

Larimer County GIS Larimer County GIS
GIS and Science Layers of Our World by GIS

MapStory provides a free and open source platform for organizing data about how the world changes over time and space. To get started on your own MapStory projects, create an account and spend some time with the Get Started, Get Skills and Get Involved pages. Check out the questions users are asking at and the discussion ongoing on the Community Journal. is operated and sustained by the MapStory Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the United States, and the global user community which takes on a variety of leadership roles. Read more about the Foundation and various press coverage and details. The global user community is anchored by a set of core community ethics and a Terms of Service policy. A set of core committing developers keep the platform running, and the Volunteer Technical Community lends a hand to users who need help with their projects.

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

In this salute to GIS Day ESRI uses ArcGlobe 3D Analyst and ArcMap to provide multiple perspectives of Earth. Special thanks to Digital Globe and EarthSat for their images used in this video.

Offered through Penn State, this course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level. 

Next session begins July 17th, 2013.

My World GIS

My World GIS

My World GISTM is a Geographic Information System (GIS) designed specifically for use in educational settings.  My World allows learners to explore and analyze geographic data about our world.  My World's intended audience is middle school through college geosciences and geography courses involving investigations of geographic data.  My World is designed to meet the needs of students and teachers while keeping the constraints of educational settings in mind.  It combines the power of a full-featured GIS environment with the support and structure required by novice users in an educational environment. 

National Geographic Education

STEM Education from National Geographic

National Geographic Education's STEM resources are multidisciplinary and integrate subjects beyond science, technology, engineering, and math to include critical thinking, problem-solving, and 21st century skills.  Although STEM education typically focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math, the best STEM programs share a common characteristic-they are integrated and multidisciplinary beyond those four core subjects. Best practices in STEM education include a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and 21st century skills such as communicating and collaborating. They combine hands-on learning with content learning. And they bring STEM content to life by showing students applications beyond the K-12 classroom, into the realm of work and careers. 

Native Tech

Native American Technology & Art

An internet resource for indigenous ethno-technology focusing on the arts of Eastern Woodland Indian Peoples, providing historical & contemporary background with instructional how-to's & references. 


Technology Tools to Get Teachers Started

We are dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. We are focused on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential. Edutopia is the leading voice illuminating and showcasing what works in education. We show people how they can adopt best practices and we tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.


Terrain Navigation in Google Earth

In this exercise, you will navigate the Google Earth virtual globe, raise questions about different situations that you will find, and interpret terrain features. The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate how to implement Geography Standard 5 in the classroom. Geography Standard 5 requires that students understand the effects of interactions between human and physical systems and the changes in meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.


Virtual Field Trip

In this exercise, you will use Google Earth to create a virtual tour of [the University of Colorado at Boulder]. The tour will include 3D views of [the campus] and relevant multimedia information. You will need geographic coordinates of some [campus buildings] and other features [such as parking lots]. In addition you will need digital photos of [these buildings and videos of some locations on campus]. You will also need to provide a brief description of each building or feature.  The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate how to implement Geography Standard 1 in the classroom. Specifically, Geography Standard 1 requires that students know how to use and construct maps, globes, and other geographic tools to locate and derive information about people, places, and environments. 

GIS Education YouTube ESRIEd Team's Channel

YouTube ESRItv

Understanding our world.

Reddit Reddit - Geography
Reddit Reddit - Geospatial


The free two-day event provides an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to dive into hands-on, "minds-on" activities that included robotics, gaming, rocketry, staging and film production. For businesses and organizations, STEMapalooza also provides an ideal setting for industry leaders to network, engage policy-makers in discussion, and learn more about the latest STEM initiatives throughout Colorado.

Education Vocation and GIS Enlightenment

Education, Vocation and GIS Enlightenment, Joseph K. Berry

In contemplating what to include in this address reflecting on GIS education, the ideas of Where, What and Who kept coming to mind. These topics seem suitable for the discourse, but the story of the three-legged pig makes an ideal place to start.


Esri, Inc. GIS Education Community

Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them.

Michalis Avraam The Essential Skills to Succeed in a GIS Career, Michalis Avraam, 2009
GIS and Data Services

Frequently Asked Questions: University of North Carolina, Geographic Information Services

We acquire spatial and numeric data from a variety of sources, and we facilitate the use of data, provide classroom training, support online learning, and provide access to GIS computing.

GIS Education Community

Got Questions? Choosing GIS as a Career

Like many of you, we on the Esri education team continually give presentations and workshops on the topic of GIS as a career. A number of recurring themes resonate with students, educators, career counselors, administrators, and policymakers, and my attempt at encapsulating the most important of these themes on this site.

GIS in the Rockies Conference 2009 Panel on GIS Career Opportunities, GIS in the Rockies Conference 2009
Where is GIS Education?

Where is GIS Education?, Joseph K. Berry

Why GIS in Education Matters Why GIS in education matters, Joseph J. Kerski
ESRI 125 Years of Topographic Mapping at USGS, ESRI, March 2010