Smithsonian National Zoological Park: Conservation GIS Training 

Increasingly, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing—the mapping of features using imagery acquired either from an aircraft or a satellite—have become important tools for decision making and the applied management of natural resources. Many federal agencies and NGOs rely on GIS and satellite data for their work and are starting to produce their own spatial databases. However, there are few training opportunities for wildlife managers to learn the application of GIS in everyday management situations. We offer courses for wildlife managers that will provide hands-on experience for the collection of data, GIS analysis of the data, and map-making using the latest ESRI and ERDAS software. Courses are taught at the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia. The Center is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah Park approximately 70 miles west of Washington, D.C. Pick-up from Washington Dulles Airport can be arranged.

The courses offered include:

For further information about the Conservation GIS Training, or to sign up for a course, please contact:

Melissa Songer
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute 
1500 Remount Road 
Front Royal, VA 22630
540.635.6535 (GIS Lab) 
540.635.6506 (fax) or