Free GIS Field Applications using UAS

Free GIS Field Applications using UAS on Saturday Oct 22, 9am to Noon at the Robert Redford Sustainability Center / Bernard Field Station in Claremont. We’ll be covering aerial survey mapping workflow, applications for GIS, sharing resources for obtaining the FAA107 to commercially use sUAV and hands on drone use.

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GIS @ Rio Hondo College

Join us for a new Fall semester of 2022.  GIS Courses are scheduled for both online, and hybrid (one evening a week with the option to attend virtually) including frequent optional field exercises.  The semester starts on August 20th.  

Interested in a new course? GIS for Public Works (GIS 222) with instructor Sean Christian PE with 30 years of GIS experience with Los Angeles County Sanitation. Other course offerings include Introduction to GIS (GIS120), Intermediate GIS (GIS220), Surveying w/ Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GIS150), Cartography (GIS221), Crime Mapping (GIS 281), and Geospatial Programming (Python / GIS280).  The campus GIS labs are open on campus and field trips are scheduled for Fridays and weekends.

For more information, visit . Also a short video about the Rio Hondo GIS Program:

One-Year MS in GIS @ CSULB

One-Year MS in GIS @ CSULB – Apply Now for Fall 2022!

Geospatial is everywhere. Develop your geospatial skills through a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

The MSGISci is a 1-year, 30-unit MS degree program offered through the Department of Geography. Classes are scheduled on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Please visit for program details, application instructions, and to sign up for an upcoming information session. Join our network of over 100 program graduates by summer 2023!

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until June 1st for domestic applicants and April 1st for international students.

Cartography MOOC

Thousands of GIS professionals have signed up for ESRI’s free online course to learn how to make beautiful maps using ArcGIS Pro. If you’re interested in exploring the cartographer’s craft and trying out the latest ArcGIS Pro mapping tools, you are invited to join the course too.

In the course, ESRI’s top cartographers review essential mapping concepts and share tips and techniques to create accurate maps that showcase your data and analysis results.

The course includes the following:

  • Step-by-step exercises, videos, quizzes, and discussion
  • Access to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online software
  • Certificate of completion

Join the course, get inspired, and do more with maps. The course runs from February 16 to March 30. Click here for more info and to register for the course.

CalURISA workshop on GIS Program Management

Virtual workshop, February 23rd, click here for more info and to register.

The California Chapter of URISA is pleased to offer its current members a virtual workshop designed to provide insights and guidelines for managing private industry and public agency GIS programs. This professional development opportunity will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS program. The course material will cover all aspects of GIS project and on-going program management including such areas as:

  • strategic and implementation planning
  • budgeting and financial management
  • business case development and cost-benefit evaluation
  • team building and human resources -important technical management issues
  • product/service procurement and vendor/contract management and
  • important legal and policy issues for GIS project and program management

The workshop will focus on practical issues and challenges faced by GIS managers. It is structured to allow adequate time to discuss important topics and for attendees to ask questions and present their own experiences.

Interested? Here are the details:

  • The workshop will be presented on Zoom. The connection information and other details will be emailed to those registered, and certificates of completion will be provided.
  • To register for this workshop, please make sure that your URISA membership is current for 2022. Join or renew at

SCAG 2022 Student Showcase

Submit Your Idea for an ArcGIS StoryMap!

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is excited to announce a major opportunity for college and university students in the region. The 2022 Student Showcase is a storymapping competition that challenges students to think innovatively and compete for cash prizes in two award categories: Best in Show and Audience Awards.

Student participants are invited to conceptualize, create and submit ArcGIS StoryMaps using SCAG’s open data. This is a meaningful way to tell a story or provide insight, showcase plans and projects, engage supporters and stakeholders, illustrate the possibilities of data, and highlight the usefulness of open data at the regional level.

Students are instructed to submit abstracts of their projects by Feb. 22, and if selected, SCAG will request an ArcGIS StoryMap to be submitted. In all, there will be a total of $6,000 awarded (one $2,000 first-place prize and one runner-up $1,000 prize each per category).

For more information on the 2022 Student Showcase, including the program guidelines, visit