Geography Week and GIS Day
Activities at the Center

The Choptank River Heritage Center worked closely with Lockerman Middle School staff and Caroline County curriculum specialists to celebrate Geography Week and GIS Day 2001 -- Wednesday, November 14, 2001.

GIS Day and Geography Week help familiarize students, educators, and the general public with the power of geographic information systems (GIS) and the importance of geography in our everyday lives.  Corporate sponsors of GIS Day include the National Geographic Society, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The Center developed lesson plans to give Caroline County students hands-on experience with desktop and Internet-based GIS, as well as global positioning systems (GPS) in the field.  Lockerman School Geography Club students celebrated Geography Day 2001 with these activities:

  • Identifying interesting historic and environmental sites on the Choptank River, using the Centerís online Choptank and Tuckahoe RiverGuide;

     
  • Pinpointing river sites on computer maps, measuring distances, and finding sites by date, type, and geographic proximity, using ESRIís free ArcExplorer GIS software.

     
  • Using hand-held global positioning devices while travelling along the river to determine precise latitude and longitude of new sites of interest;
     

Our GIS Day 2001 activities were successful thanks the generous donation of five GPS receivers by Garmin, Inc.

For more information about the Centerís work with GIS and GPS in Caroline County public schools, please contact the CRHC Executive Director at 410.479.4950 or info@riverheritage.org.

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Choptank River Heritage Center
10215 River Landing Road
Denton, Md.  21629
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