GIS Activities

The purpose of this page is to share GIS related activities and resources with the community.  Activities could include webinars, training opportunities, user group events, interesting web applications, GIS themed puzzles, or anything else related to GIS!  

VAMLIS welcomes suggestions for activities to add to this page.  Please email your suggestions to 


*New! VAMLIS 'Lunch-and-Learn' Webinar Series

EVENT: Free Live VAMLIS Webinar with Q & A 

WhenTuesday Feb. 8th @ 12pm-  Click here to join Webex

Title: Trimble’s new Catalyst DA2 System leaning into Subscription as a Service for Mobile Positioning

Speakers: Russell Vrhovac & Kennie Harris, Duncan-Parnell

Abstract: Kennie and Russell with Duncan Parnell will be discussing the new Trimble Catalyst DA2 system, what it is, how it works and how you can leverage subscriptions for getting the highest accuracy in a cost effective manner.  Catalyst DA2 is a low cost Positioning Service that can achieve sub-meter to centimeter accuracies all on the same hardware with only a change in subscription needed to change accuracy levels and manage cost.  This new system helps users utilizes monthly, annual and on-demand subscriptions for users with daily to in-frequent field needs.  

*VAMLIS Members can view previously-recorded presentations by signing in to and clicking the Upcoming Events: Webinar Recording Series (below their Memberships list in 'My Dashboard') upon login or clicking the new Videos tab at the top of the website.


MEETING:  VGIN Webex: Virginia NG9-1-1 GIS User Group Meeting

When: Wednesday, Feb. 9th @ 2-3pm - Click here for Webex link  

Call-in number: 1-866-692-4530, Conference Code: 171 241 0808,  (if prompted password is NG911GIS)


TRAINING: DataMark's Webinar series - Link here for schedule and to register for any session  


TRAINING:  Check out these great educational opportunities from our Virginia Tech partners:

  • Mapping with Drones Workshop -  This is an intensive, yet introductory level workshop, and can be considered a ‘drone boot camp’. No previous knowledge or experience with drones, sUAS, or GIS is required.   This 2½ day workshop  and will held virtually.   Registration is required and is limited.  For more information, go here à
  • The Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, in partnership VirginiaView, and professional colleagues, has produced several remote sensing tutorials that are available for free through Kindle Unlimited (otherwise, eBooks are $3.99).  Hardcopy books are available through Amazon as well. Current offerings can be viewed here:
  • YouTube Geospatial Video Tutorials -  A collection of Geospatial and sUAS instructional video tutorials are available via YouTube from the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program.  More info. is available from here à


ACTIVITY: Want to have some fun with Geography?  Test your Geo-IQ with these fun map-based quizzes.
Check out these 10 trivia topics from ESRI:
*Hint: if you don’t know the answer, the center circle changes from red--> yellow--> green as you get closer to the correct map location


ACTIVITY: Guess the Geographic Pools shape from the Aerial Images.  Bonus: use the coordinates to find the real-world locations of these pools.   Click here for Aerial Pools Activity         *SPOILER ALERT: DOWNLOAD ANSWER KEY           #aerialimagery captured by Nearmap


ACTIVITY: See if you can use GIS mapping to solve some eerie geographic mysteries and win a prize from GeoDecisions! This activity requires you to review a series of 10 images to try to come up with an answer to the associated question. An ArcGIS Earth video fly-through provides clues throughout the game.  Click on this link for more details:


ACTIVITY: Want to challenge yourself on your knowledge of GIS?  Try solving this GIS themed crossword puzzle!  We can promise you that even those of us who have been GIS professionals for years will find solving this ESRI puzzle a challenge. Download activity materials here. (Solution on last page)