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Discover free ready to use GIS Day activities for your event

This year GIS Day is officially on November 13th.  Are you ready or do you require some activity ideas? Find out what others did last year to celebrate this spatial event and discover resources that you can use for your own event!

With GIS Day around the corner, have you registered your event at to receive GIS Day swag! Are you looking for ideas and inspiration for your upcoming event? This year, GIS Day will be officially celebrated around the world on November 13th, the Wednesday of Geography Awareness week. Here are some activity ideas for your event!

Download and print a cool GIS Day promo posters for your event. This one is the Origami Earth – Horizontal poster.

Treeroots Movement Collaborative Project
Students can participate in this tree mapping project where they will collect data on trees in their community and learn how trees support the environment. The data collected can be used to take action to promote a greener future for all.

Get involved in A Treeroots Movement and learn how trees can support the environment. Using Survey123 participants are tasked with doing a tree survey in any given study area. 

Check out a summary of last year’s highlights from across Canada to get ideas and learn what GIS Ambassadors and teachers did to promote this special day.

Use the GIS Day Gallery to find free ready to use resources for your GIS Day event.

Use Esri Canada K-12 Activities from the Resource Finder
These ready to use story maps are free for all users in K-12. They include:

Exploring Landforms in Canada
In this activity, you will explore some of the landforms that make up Canada, and how they affect where people live.

Food Security
In this activity, students will explore the food insecurity in Canada with a focus on Nunavut.

Use the Food Security activity at your GIS Day event.

Measuring Area and Perimeter: the West Edmonton Mall Activity
This activity uses an aerial photograph of the West Edmonton Mall (Alberta, Canada) to allow students to determine the area and perimeter of the mall and consider the benefits and effects of other shape permutations.

The Arctic Ocean
In this activity, you will explore the Arctic Ocean, the importance of Arctic sea ice, and how the Earth's changing climate impacts both Arctic and global systems.

Turtle Island Activity
This activity is an introduction to Indigenous issues and points of view surrounding land in Canada.  It briefly compares traditional Indigenous views of the land with those of the European settlers, and the history of treaties in Canada. It also reviews the populations of the Indigenous People living in Canada as of 2016.

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About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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