Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



GIS for Policy- and Decision-makers in Conservation

Day 1


8 a.m.

Introduction—Purpose of the Course

9 a.m.

What Is GIS? (lecture and lab)

10:30 a.m.

What Do You Know About Maps?

12-1 p.m.


1 p.m.

The World of Maps and GIS (lecture and lab)

3 p.m. The World Beyond Maps:
The analytical power of GIS (lecture and lab)

5 p.m.

Strengths and Limitations of GIS

6-7:30 p.m.


8 p.m.

From Pixels to Elephants:
Applications of GIS and remote sensing in esource and species conservation, based on Smithsonian research experience (lecture)



Day 2


8 a.m.

Window From the Sky—Monitoring Natural Resources With Satellite Imagery and Aerial Photos (lecture and lab)

10 a.m. Introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (lecture)

11 a.m.

How to Use GPS to Navigate and Record Data (lab)

12-1 p.m.


1 p.m.

What Are You Googling At?
Public access to spatial data

3 p.m.

Spatial Decision Support Systems (lecture)

4 p.m.

Evaluating GIS Projects and Budgets:
What's possible and how much does it cost?

4:45 p.m.


5 p.m.

End of Course