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Virginia's Geospatial Extension Program

Virginia's Geospatial Extension Program
  • Check our workshop offerings for professional development opportunities.
  • There is an entire suite of GNSS tutorials available for educators and Natural Resource Managers.
  • The Working with GoogleEarth Pro manual provides step by step instruction on an array of capabilities associated with GoogleEarth.  You may find that GoogleEarth can do more than you think that it can!
  • Exploring Our Planet with Open Source Software is a manual that was developed for educators.  This tutorial provides easy to use instructions for several user-friendly online mappers.
  • The Virginia GeoCoin Adventure, developed by VirginiaView, the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, and other partners, provides opportunities for students to virtually explore our planet. If you have access to a GPS, and a Geocoin, then you are ready for the Virginia Geocoin Adventure. Simply place a GeoCoin in a hidden cache, and then track the movements of the geocoin over time. If you do not have a geocoin, then you can either adopt an existing circulating geocoin (there are thousands of options!), or request a geocoin.  As an alternative, educators can also preselect lat. / long. coordinate waypoints (via GoogleEarth or other online mapper) of interesting landforms, and prompt students to explore these features using the GeoCoin Adventure learning lessons.
  • GeoTREK-12 is a Virginia Space Grant Consortium professional development program.  GeoTREK-12 provides teachers with face-to-face workshops. The program is administered through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
  • The Digital Atlas of Virginia provides select maps that support middle and high school SOL’s. The Atlas was developed by VirginiaView in partnership with the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program.
  • The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.
  • The Geospatial Revolution is a four-part video series from Penn State that explains the social benefits of geospatial technologies.  These videos are short, easy to follow, and digestible for middle and high school students.
  • Looking for Drone Mapping Resources?   Then look no further.

Virginia's Geospatial Extension Program workshops

Virginia's Geospatial Extension Program workshops

Contact information:

John McGee
310 West Campus Drive,
MC 0324
307C Cheatham Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-2428

Our Coordinates:
37°13'25.80"N, 80°25'21.52"W