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Get ready for GIS Day 2018! It’s never too early to begin planning

Before the school year ends, consider what your plans are for GIS Day. It’s officially held on Wednesday November 14, 2018, but it can be celebrated any time in the new school year! Find out how Esri Canada can support your event, and take time to explore some of our ready to use education resources.

GIS Day is a time to celebrate the importance of maps and spatial thinking. Since GIS can be used in all industries, a variety of applications can be showcased on this special day! If you’re new to GIS or an avid user, it’s a great opportunity to promote students’ work, highlight interesting projects created using ArcGIS Online or invite a GIS professional to present to your students.

Students working on a GIS activity at Esri Canada’s Toronto office in 2016.

What type of event are you interested in hosting at your school? Here are some ideas:

  • Invite a GIS Ambassador from your community to present about the importance of GIS
  • Host a student activity at your school
  • Invite a GIS professional or higher education student to discuss their GIS career and education
  • Create a field study survey for students to use to collect data around their school

Esri Canada’s K-12 group has created resources that you can use for your event:

GIS Ambassador Paul Mosner talking about maps to local elementary school students. GIS Day, 2016.

Don’t forget to register your GIS Day event and to request a GIS Ambassador if you want support for a school visit. Email to receive support in the form of resources or activity suggestions.

Before your event, get your ArcGIS Online accounts by requesting your student and teacher accounts at

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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