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4-H Geospatial Science
4-H Geospatial Science

4-H'ers are having a blast exploring geospatial sciences from simple Geocaching (using GPS receivers to look for hidden treasure boxes all around the world) to complex community mapping projects.  New local clubs are forming as a result of a generous grant opportunity sponsored by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).  The result is 4-H'ers are learning to use Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to collect spatial data, plot results on detailed maps, and provide useful resources to community planners. CCE Staff may check out GPS equipment by contacting Susan Hoskins at

National 4-H Team Maps Invasive Sea Lavender near San Diego, California
NY State 4-H Youth Sarah Martin participates in National 4-H Mapping Project. Read the article here.​

Happy GIS Day 2015!
Youth educators celebrate with a GIS for Youth Webinar presented by Joseph Kerski, ESRI.  Watch the video!​

Approaches to Using GIS in Youth Education

Why GIS in Education Matters

Core Tenets in GIS instructional and technological approaches to workshops and courses:

2014 4-H Geospatial In-Service
2014 Geospatial In-Service Flyer

2013 National Youth Science Day - 4-H Apps and Maps!


Geospatial Stories
4-H'ers are making a difference in their communities with valuable projects using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping.  See some sample stories:

Landsat Launch!

Our own Cornell IRIS faculty, Susan Hoskins, was invited by NASA to attend the launch of the most recent Landsat on February 12, 2013 in California.  Check out some valuable links, related to the Landsat Launch:

Land Sat overview & promo video
Watch video of the Launch​
Photos of the Launch​
Dynamic visual images of current​ satellite orbit paths​
Landsat Look Viewer

Funding Opportunities
Grants and awards are available to provide 4-H Clubs access to GIS technology and to improve use in 4-H Clubs.  Find out more:

4-H Community mapping partners are collaborators who are helping to make funding, educational resources and further partnerships possible.  Many thanks to:

ESRI and the ESRI Logo are licensed trademarks of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​