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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

GIS and Remote Sensing Workshops (GIS)

Due to the increasing number of GIS & Remote Sensing training opportunities on the open market, our program no longer supports a workshop developed specifically for natural resource professionals. However, in an effort to help you locate GIS & Remote Sensing training that meets your needs we have collected the following information. If you know of other quality GIS & Remote Sensing training please let us know.

NOTE: Most of the vendors teach GIS using ESRI software. Do you know that ESRI offers training as well ? Check out what they have to offer. They have experience teaching Forest Service people and are competitively priced.

Government Vendors

Bureau of Land Management // Fish and Wildlife Service - USDI
Example Titles:

  • GIS Introduction
  • GIS Overview for Natural Resource Conservation
  • GIS Design for Aquatic Resource Management
  • GIS Design for Aquatic Resource Management (Intermediate)
  • GIS Project Design II: Data Analysis and Model Building

Website: or
Both sites can route you to the DOI LEARN (USDI) training site:

Forest Service - USDA
Geospatial Service & Technology Center (GSTC)
Training & Technology Awareness
Dates: Check GSTC web site
Tuition: Check GSTC web site
Forest Service Geospatial Training Intranet: available to USDA Forest Service employees - FREE to Federal employees
Geospatial - Geotraining; Developed jointly by the Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) and the Geospatial Service and Technology Center (GSTC) - centralizing geospatial courses and information.

Forest Service - USDA
Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC)
Dates: Check RSAC web site
Tuition: Check RSAC web site
Forest Service RSAC Training Intranet: available to USDA Forest Service employees - FREE to Federal employees

Conservation and Research Center, National Zoological Park and Smithsonian

Smithsonian Professional Training Workshop Information

Website: GIS Training Program

  • Introduction to GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Conservation GIS
  • GIS for Policy- and Decision-makers in Conservation

Location: Conservation & Research Center
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA

University / Institution Vendors

Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC) - State Agencies
Run by the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Information Technology Services. Most states have an AGRC staff, but not all. Visit the page hosted by ESRI to find out the current status.


University of California - Davis
GIS for Resource Managers and Professionals (one of many courses)
(Sidebar choice of "Program Areas">Discipline Tree, select "Land Use and Natural Resources">GIS)
Dates: Varied - contact UC Davis
Tuition: Check vendor's website (possible discounts for groups or society memberships)
Courses only listed for 4 months into the future. Updated frequently. UC Davis does contract courses for groups of 12 or more with specific training objectives - they will develop training that tailor fits.


The University of Montana
GIS & Remote Sensing: Applications for Fisheries and Wildlife
Dates: Check vendor's website
Tuition: Check vendor's website
Other workshops under development include: Advanced GIS (Summer)


Oregon State University
GIS/GPS Fundamentals for Natural Resource Planning
Dates: Check their web site for dates
Tuition: Check vendor website
Contact: Forestry Conference Office

South Carolina:

Clemson University
Practical Implementation of GIS in Natural Resources
Dates: Check their web site for dates
Location: Clemson, South Carolina
Sponsored by: Forest Resources Systems Institute (FORS)


Utah State University
Introduction to ARCView (ESRI software)
Customized courses available upon request.
Dates: Frequent (check their web site)
Tuition: Check vendor website

Utah State University: Department of Forest, Range and Wildlife Sciences


Virginia Polytech Institute & State University - College of Natural Resources
Conservation Management Institute
GIS for Natural Resource Professionals
Dates: Customized in-house training on request
Tuition: Contact VPI (dependent on travel)


University of Washington
Introduction to GIS for Natural Resource Professionals
Dates: Check vendor's web site
Tuition: Check vendor's web site
Contact: College of Forest Resources

Industry Vendors

AllPoints GIS Inc.
Specializes in environments where land use planning, resource development and environmental protection combine in increasingly complex scenarios. This includes working with scientists and specialists, where GIS adds a second, third, or even fourth technical language. Courses feature data, exercises, and scenarios geared to students environment - specific groups, disciplines, and workflows. Participant's data and workflows can be incorporated.
Duration: 1 to 3 day classes
Dates: Flexible; scheduled to meet client needs.
Location: Training conducted at your facility or at a nearby facility.

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
ESRI Virtual Campus - Online self-paced training

Kessler GIS
Custom classes (Basic ArcGIS, Geodatabase I & II, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, etc); ESRI Authorized Classes
Visit the Kessler GIS website for a complete listing

Duration: Classes range from 1 to 3 days
Dates: Flexible, depending on course and number of students. See web site for details.
Location: Workshops hosted at your unit or other training facility.

Juniper GIS
Custom classes in ArcGIS, ArcEditor, Geodatabases, Spatial Analyst and more; plus ESRI Authorized classes.
Duration: One to three-day classes
Dates: Flexible; scheduled to meet client needs.
Location: Workshops hosted at your offices.

Custom classes in ArcGIS Pro, Esri Web AppBuilder, and more; ESRI Business Partner and we have a great relationship with their Natural Resources team.
Duration: One to five-day classes
Dates: Scheduled - Visit website
Location: Workshops hosted at your offices.

If you decide to host a class at your unit (regardless of the vendor), but need a few more participants to share the cost, please contact either your regional CE-WFWARP coordinator or the national CE-WFWARP coordinator and we will be happy to lend a hand networking.

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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

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 Last Modified: November 2014