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 # 5

EVENT: Free Live VAMLIS Webinar with Q & A 

When: Thursday, August 26th  @ 12-1pm -  Click here to join Webex

Title: Getting the Lead Out: GIS to the Rescue

Description: Lead in the water is a serious health risk, especially to children and the elderly. Lead was commonly used for water service lines until the late 1950s, until it was banned in the late 80’s, leaving older homes at risk of exposure to lead in the drinking water. The City of Newark embarked on an aggressive lead service line replacement program to mitigate the risk of lead in the drinking water that can occur when the water leaves the main and travels from the service line to the home. Using GIS analysis, the City was able to determine the homes suspected of having a lead service based on the date the home was built and asset information. In order to inspect and replace all lines over a two-year period, the City sought the help of a cloud-based GIS system to manage the data. Using ArcGIS Online and all of its apps, the City was able to effectively manage a large volume of data and share it with the City officials, contractors performing the construction, program managers overseeing the work and the public in real-time using various applicable formats. Without the Cloud and GIS, this project would have been virtually impossible to manage on the tight schedule while keeping all parties in the know. which is necessary to ensure the health of the Cities constituents is not at risk.  Standing up and managing an efficient LCR program requires workflows and tools and this presentation will walk through using ArcGIS Online’s suite of tools, Collector, Survey123, ArcGIS Dashboards and ArcGIS Pro to accomplish this task.

Presenters/Panelists: Mark Zito, Senior GIS Specialist

*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, October 13th @ 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: GIS Fundamentals Course now available at University of Richmond's Digital Scholars Lab

Join the growing number of professionals with GIS skills in the job market by enrolling in the (Virtual) GIS Fundamentals certificate!
With the market for GIS related jobs projected to grow by 12.1 percent between 2020 and 2030, this is the perfect time to learn cutting edge-technology like ArcGIS Pro to incorporate into your professional portfolio.  This certificate is designed for people with little experience using GIS technology and will give you a solid foundation of technical skills and map knowledge to apply to your work.

Dates: Wed, Sept.1-Nov. 17, 2021 from 6-8:30pm (remote) + self-paced work

Please Note: there is a fee for this class, for more info and to register click here.

TRAINING: DataMark's Monthly Webinar series (select Tuesdays at 2pm ET) - 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
  • Working with Lidar Using ArcGIS Pro – this eBook, developed by the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, in partnership with VirginiaView and GeoTEd-UAS, is available as an eBook for free (through Kindle Unlimited).  Otherwise, eBook copies are also available for $3.99.  Over 60,000 eBook pages have been read to date, but if you’d prefer a good old fashion paper book (that you can hold in your hand), then these  are available from AmazonPress as well.  Additional information is available from here à
  • 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


TRAINING: GISCI Official Practice Exam for GISP Technical Knowledge Exam - Now Available! Details can be found on GISCI's website here.

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)