GIS for Conservation

Young People Use GIS for Conservation

Maps can assist young people in understanding the threats to our environment, such as global warming, species extinction, and pollution, as well as help develop critical thinking skills by giving spatial perspective to what they have learned from their books and teachers. GIS technology enables students to create and work with interactive maps not only to learn about GIS but to get a more in-depth understanding of their subject material.

Young people interested in conserving the earth’s wildlife and resources find GIS an important tool for their conservation projects. GIS technology makes tracking wildlife, studying wildlife habitats, measuring resources, and monitoring forests something that a person at any age can do. The skills that come with learning how to use GIS technology will also be helpful in future projects and eventually even careers. GIS provides a hands-on element to learning that makes it fun and engaging and provides young people with the tools to make a difference.

How Young People Use GIS for Conservation

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America use GIS technology to preserve their local woodland trail systems. Using a Global Positioning System (GPS) these GIS students walk the trails and record the features, such as bridges and boardwalks, which require maintenance. This enables volunteers and trail crews to easily locate the areas where they need to focus their resources and efforts. GIS technology not only helps scouts earn their badges but is a tool they can use to preserve the environment.

Members of the 4-H youth program use GIS to complete their community service projects and learn new and valuable skills.

There are a variety of resources available to students who want to learn more about GIS and apply it in useful and fun ways.

Resources for young people interested in using GIS for conservation

Resources for young people interested in conservation

Learn more about how GIS is being used by young people in your community. Visit the GIS Education Community.

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