Introductory Training in

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Using Applications for Natural Resource Management

Florida Sea Grant, the University of Florida IFAS Extension, and Golder Associates invites you to register for a 3.5-day intensive training using ArcGIS Pro, a powerful tool for managing natural resources and guiding growth and development processes. The training is held at one of the computer labs on the main campus of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

In this Training

You will be introduced to ArcGIS Desktop Pro, the primary product used by professionals to compile, analyze, and manage geographic information.

You will learn the most commonly used GIS skills in the industry today by completing “real-world” exercises that will build your confidence using GIS, increase your awareness about GIS data sources and help you explore GIS tools to enhance your research program.

How It Works

GIS Workshop methodology

The training consists of a series of short lectures, which will introduce geospatial concepts. Lectures will be followed by exercises that attendees will complete using ArcGIS Pro, applying the concepts learned.

During the training, each participant will have access to a computer workstation with all the needed materials and software, printed workbook documenting the steps required to complete the exercises and the information presented during the lectures. Several trainers will be on hand to provide assistance.

Who and Why You Should Attend

What You Will Learn

GIS Workshop topics

Collecting and Mapping Field Data Using a Smart Phone or Tablet

ArcGIS CollectorWe are excited to offer an extra training module to guide you through the steps necessary to collect and map your own field data. This new module will train you to (1) create a data dictionary, (2) collect new spatial data in the field, and (3) create and share your spatial data using ArcGIS Collector and ArcGIS Online (AGOL).

This is an extra module that requires registration and an extra fee. This module will be taught after the conclusion of the 3.5-day training (Thursday from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm).

People interested in participating only in this module should have previous experience in ArcGIS Desktop and geographic information systems.

Bring your own data

We are now offering one-on-one sessions with our instructors so he/she can help you to prepare your data for spatial analysis, design your spatial data collection or analytical protocol, prepare a map for publication, among other things.

These sessions will be conducted by appointment only. If you are interested in reserving a spot, please contact Nancy Montes ( for further details.

Registration Costs

For the 3.5-day training:

UF Faculty and Staff . . . . . . . . $550

UF Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$300

Non-UF Professionals . . . . . . $550

Collecting and mapping field data using a smart phone or tablet:

(extra-topic: afternoon of Thursday)

3.5-day Training Participants . . . . . . . $50

Non 3.5-day Training Participants . . . $100

Bring your own data:

The cost per hour is $100 (minimum of 1 hour).

To Register

Due to disruptions from COVID-19 we are not offering the training in May 2020. If circumstances allow, we may offer the training on August 17-20, 2020.

The Instructors

GIS Workshop Instructors

Our Contact Details!

Nancy Montes | (352) 392-6234

Participants’ Comments

GIS Workshop Participant comments

GIS Training Test Scores

Before and after workshop test scores of knowledge about GIS and ArcGIS

Exercises and Materials

Link to GIS Training MaterialsElectronic versions of materials and exercises can be found in this link.

This information is password protected.

The information to access this materials is provided to participants during the GIS Training.