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 #2 

EVENT: Free Live VAMLIS Webinar with Q & A 

When: Tuesday, February 9th @ 12-1pm - Click to Join Webex

Title: High Accuracy GNSS with Esri Mobile Apps – Hands-on demonstration of AGOL web map configuration and live outdoor field data-collection demonstration for GIS users interested in higher accuracy (e.g., GPS, GNSS, RTK).  

Description: Join award-winning Canadian GNSS (GPS) manufacturer Eos Positioning Systems for a high-accuracy data collection workshop. In this educational virtual event, you will learn best practices for configuring your ArcGIS Online web map and Collector/Field Maps for high-accuracy field data collection. You will also see a live mobile data-collection demonstration using an Eos Arrow Gold RTK GNSS receiver (centimeter-accurate receiver) with Esri ArcGIS Collector and ArcGIS Field Maps. We will also take a peek into laser mapping and underground utility mapping options. We will leave time for Q&A with the presenter, so that you can ask technical questions about Esri mobile apps and supportive GPS technology

Presenters/Panelists: Eos Positioning Systems

  • Tyler Gakstatter - Expert GNSS Consultant, Eos Positioning Systems 

  • Jean-Yves Lauture - CTO, Eos Positioning Systems 

  • Sarah Alban - Director of Marketing, Eos Positioning Systems

*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.


TRAINING: DataMark's Monthly Webinar series (select Tuesdays at 2pm ET) - Link here for schedule and to register for any session 


ACTIVITY:  2021 GIS Certification Institute Map Contest accepting entries through April 30, 2021.

Showcase your cartographic creativity! Click here for all the details:

ACTIVITY:  2021 EnerGIS Scholarship Competition accepting entries now!  Students apply here:

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

When: Wednesday, February 10th @ 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:  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)