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Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources and Conservation

Do you know what this Map is missing? Know how to fix it? Do you know how to create this web mapping application? If not, you are in the right place...we offer both pre-designed workshops and customized workshops to help you and your organization excel in not only making maps better but also equip you to more effectively use GIS technology to best meet your individual or organization's needs.


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GIS Workshops: General Information

The purpose of our workshops are to provide professionals, students, researchers and others working in the field of natural resources (e.g. wildlife, forestry) and conservation with the knowledge needed to incorporate Geographical Information Systems (GIS) into everyday workflows.

The field of GIS is constantly evolving with new strides made each day which improve the way we work with, view, store, and share geographic data. As a result, it is, for most of us, difficult to keep up with the technology and continual updates/changes in GIS. Additionally, few classes or courses in GIS specifically provide natural resources and conservation professionals with the experience necessary to utilize GIS efficiently and effectively within their respective field of interest. Many of the courses offered spend vast amounts of time lecturing on mundane terminology and covering esoteric, little-used topics.

Therefore, it is our intent to provide particpants with a general overview of GIS, but focusing primarily on the advancements and changes in the field with direct application to natural resources and conservation. We will acccomplish this through an experience and exercise-based workshop format whereby particpants will be expected to have basic knowledge of GIS and its terminology (some terminology, however, will undoubtedly have to be covered). Thus, our workshops will not exhaustively cover all GIS topics, but rather provide particpants the opportunity to gain basic experience of GIS with practical examples and exercises while laying the framework to increase the functionality of GIS in everyday tasks. In general, our workshops focus on explaining “real-world” application of a GIS through teaching/presentation (35%), hands-on exercises (50%), field and group exercises (10%), and discussion/application (5%).

GIS Workshops & Brief Overview

Presently, we offer two GIS workshops with varying degrees of functionality and complexity:

  • Applied Geospatial Solutions in Natural Resources.
    For the next scheduled workshop and for more details view this Workshop Flyer .

    • GPS data collection and integration to ArcGIS

    • Basic functionality of ArcGIS

    • Working with maps, templates, and reports

    • Basic Geoprocessing and editing

    • Geographic and attribute data creation, archiving and manipulation

    • GIS data resources and integration

    • Advanced Geoprocessing

    • Generating Maps from nothing: Editing and Digitizing, etc.

    • Rubbersheeting and Georectification/Georeferencing

    • Tips, tricks and short-cuts

    • Cross-platform GIS: google earth, KML files

  • Advanced Geospatial Tools and Techniques in Natural Resources: scripting and model building.
    For the next scheduled workshop and for more details view this Advanced Workshop Flyer.

    • Introduction to Python

    • Integration of Python into ArcGIS

    • Processing data via model builder and batch processing

    • Creating ArcGIS scripts using Python

    • Creating ArcGIS tools (e.g. Graphical User Interfaces)

    • Creating and sharing toolboxes: scripts vs. tools

  • Open Source GIS.
    For the next scheduled Open Source GIS workshop and for more details view this Open Source GIS Flyer.

    • Overview of Open Source: advantages and disadvantages

    • Setting up and installing various Open Source software applications

    • Using open source solutions to create GIS data

    • Consuming and editing GIS data

    • Custom GIS solutions using Open Source solutions

    • Sharing and distributing Open Source data

    • Integrating Open Source and commercial products: Is it possible? or Should you do it?

For additional information about the GIS Workshops and other GIS Projects, email Theron M. Terhune.

The mission of Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy is to foster exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation and education.