Upcoming GIS Workshop: May 1-4, 2017

“Great training, I really enjoyed the hands-on approach and the ability to learn by doing and applying GIS skills” -Past attendee

“Introductory Training in GIS Applications for Natural Resource Management”

May 1-4 || Gainesville, FL

Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida IFAS Extension invite you to register for this premier 3.5-day intensive workshop on ArcGIS 10.4, a powerful tool for managing natural resources and guiding growth and development processes.

What will you learn?

After completing this workshop you will know:

  • What GIS is and what can it do
  • How to navigate  ArcGIS Desktop
  • How to handle spatial scale, accuracy, and precision
  • How to solve real-world problems with GIS
  • How to work with coordinate systems and projections
  • How to obtain and create GIS data, and prepare it for ArcGIS
  • How to join attribute data to maps
  • How to create well-designed layouts
  • How to work with most common geoprocessing tools (e.g., clip, buffer, and intersect)
  • How to use ModelBuilder for creating and using existing models
  • Where to get help

Who should attend?­

This workshop is designed for:

  • Agency professionals
  • University researchers
  • Faculty, staff and students
  • Conservation land managers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Biological scientists
  • Environmental program managers
  • County extension agents
  • Private consultants
  • Anyone who can benefit from using GIS to make decisions in natural resource and coastal management

Course Materials

Cover Page 2015_forwebsiteThe course fee includes the educational program and course materials. You will take home a workbook with a copy of the PowerPoint slides presented in class, detailed instructions to complete the exercises, a “cheat sheet” of common tools and menus used in ArcGIS, and a CD with the exercise data and other helpful information such as GIS data sources, complementary articles and more.

About the instructors

This workshop is conducted by multiple instructors associated with Florida Sea Grant and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation within the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Trainers have been teaching GIS for more than eight years to hundreds of students and professionals from different fields.

Bob Swett

Bob Swett
Associate Professor Boating and Waterway Planning

David Fann

David Fann (ret) 
Boating and Waterway Planning

Juliane Struve

Juliane Struve 
Assistant professor
Spatial fisheries science

Corina Guevara

Corina Guevara
Student education coordinator
Florida Sea Grant

Nancy Montes

Nancy Montes
GIS analyst/trainer
University of Florida

Registration costs

UF Faculty and Staff ——-— $550

Students  —————-——- $300

Non-UF Professionals ——— $550

To register, visit:


For more information, contact

Bob Swett (rswett@ufl.edu 352-392-6233)

Testimonials from past students

“Great training, I really enjoyed the hands-on approach and the ability to learn by doing and applying GIS skills.”

“I used the workbook from the training as a reference to perform GIS tasks at work.”

“All instructors were very nice and helpful.”

“I loved the format – it was easy to learn the concepts via lecture and then execute through the exercises. I like how we were constantly engaged in active learning.”

“Examples/exercises used were similar to thing I encounter at work.”

“The best part of the training was the final project.”

“All exercises encouraged me to think on how to solve the problem – every exercise was about different topics. Like the training, very informative and well presented, thanks!”

“The UF course has been a great fit for our program and helped improve our GIS skills for our artificial reef, fisheries management, trap retrieval and lionfish program efforts. I highly recommend the course for FWC staff.”


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