Community Mapping Workshop (CMaP)

Class Description:

This four-day summer workshop is designed for the educator who wants to increase community involvement in their classroom or student group. Projects are as individual as the teachers, students and community partners involved. They can take any curriculum direction: geography, science, economics, history, civics, mathematics... and beyond.

During the CMaP workshop, educators learn how to incorporate a community-based project into existing curriculum, beginning with the fundamentals of project-based learning, and continuing right through essential project design and management concepts and tools. Participants learn how to enhance projects with technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Because the CMaP workshop models an actual project process, they leave understanding how to introduce the same concepts to students. Moreover, projects are aligned to the Utah Core Curriculum, and participants see how to assess student learning and evaluate the overall success of a project.


To attend this class you will need to register.
$50 Registration fee
Basic Computer Skills

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Build relationships with local community leaders and GIS professionals.
  • Analyze real-life issues in the community.
  • Use GIS, GPS and other mapping technologies to enhance the understanding of issues and facilitate informed decision-making.
  • Design a local community project for their classroom and demonstrate how it aligns with state core standards in Geography, Civics, and Science etc.

Things to Bring:

  • Pens/highlighters
  • Notebook or paper for notes
  • Clothes to go outside
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Day pack
  • Hat
  • Sweater or jacket for an air conditioned room (Optional)
  • Recordable CD or Jump Drive for projects (Optional)
  • School-year calendar/teacher planner (Optional)
  • Digital Camera (Optional)


  • 3 Semester hours SUU credit
  • 3 USBE credit (Free)


  • 42 Points


  • Attend and participate in all activities during the week-long CMaP workshop.
  • Complete pre- and post- workshop evaluations.
  • Write up a CMaP classroom project description following the outline provided in class. Include core curriculum standards and objectives that the project supports.
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