Calling All GeoMentors to Map Out Your Impact

School's underway! GeoMentors are needed and can do a great deal with a few key resources from Esri's Education Team. Esri offers free GIS software and learning materials to schools and youth clubs for instruction, but "stuff ain't enough." GIS can feel a little intimidating for novices, so a few key resources and approaches can help GeoMentors, educators, and students all succeed. Stock up on items and methods to help local youth clubs and elementary, middle, or high schools.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • About resources for introducing GIS to educators
  • Strategies for finding interested educators and providing quick successes
  • About extended opportunities for collaboration


  • Charlie Fitzpatrick, Education Manager, Esri
  • Tom Baker, Education Manager, Esri

Who should attend?

GeoMentors and any other geo-savvy adults who want kids to be also.

Follow Up Information from Charlie


  • During the webinar, the listed URL for the "Current Schools Map" was all caps and did not work, though all small letters worked. The all caps version has been fixed,
  •  The GIS Day URL is "," not ".org"


  • One viewer noted "schools had applied to Esri but not heard anything." We receive many requests and process all, either responding directly to the applicant if there is an issue or processing the request. But many schools' email systems filter inbound emails from .com sites containing graphics. The Esri Customer Service email with the ArcGIS Online Organization activation code gets caught by many district, school, or personal email filters. We do repeated efforts to contact people, and receive many re-applications, and many times people find the activation email in their spam filters. It typically takes about a week to go from receiving the initial email to the applicant receiving the activation email, so applicants who have not heard anything after a week are invited to contact us. Within a couple of minutes of submitting the request, the applicant should receive an automated email from the system; if they do not, it is a sign that their system may filter such emails, and they should be extra alert.
  • For any general questions, feel free to contact us at

Read more about Geomentoring 

Be a GeoMentor: Join a nationwide effort to improve GIS education

Geomentoring Made Easy


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