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August 21, 2021

Texas State University’s 100% Online PhD Program in Geography Education

Texas State University wishes to announce the availability of a 100% Online PhD program in Geography Education.  This academic program could prepare...
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March 5, 2021

2021 Middle & High School (Grades 4-12) ARCGIS ONLINE STORY MAP COMPETITION – Mapping Indiana: Past, Present and New Realities

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION Middle and high school students and their teachers across the U.S. are invited to explore their world...
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November 16, 2020

2020 Indiana Geography Educators of the Year Awards

Mr. Mervyn Barenie, Griffith Middle School, Griffith IN   2020 Indiana Middle School Geography Educator of the YearMr. Barenie came to teaching middle...
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May 22, 2020

2020 Summer Curriculum Educator Workshop: European Union

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, invites K-14 educators to take part in a week-long online summer...
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May 15, 2020

2020 IN High School ArcGIS OnLine StoryMap Competition Results

Here are the Top 5 in the 2020 IN High School ArcGIS OnLine StoryMap Competition:#1 Progression of Cars in Indiana#2 Wildlife Crossings...
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February 8, 2020

2020 IN Geographic Bee

2020 Indiana Geographic Bee Finalists https://sites.google.com/site/indianastatebee/qualifiers On Friday, March 27, the state’s top 103 fourth through eighth grade students demonstrating geographic...
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January 23, 2020

2020 Indiana Middle & High School Story Map Competition

Announcing … the 2020 Indiana Middle & High School Story Map Competition. The theme for this year's competition is "Mapping Indiana:...
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November 5, 2019

GENI/DigIndy Photos

 Photos from the DigIndy tour of a water storage tunnel: THANKS to Mike and John for an AMAZING tour of...
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November 5, 2019

GENI/4-H GIS Day 2019

THANKS to Danielle Sands for coordinating a great 4-H GIS Day. Her Team of Purdue Extension Agents, students, educators, parents/grandparents,...
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September 27, 2019

IN ArcGIS Online Story Map Competition RESULTS – Top 5

How Does Indiana Influence the Sport of Basketball?Buzzing Bee BackslideIndiana Bats - Fantastic, Flying, FleetingIndiana's Vice PresidentsHistory of Cars in...
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National Geographic Society: Educational Opportunities

Educator Certification

National Geographic Educator Certification is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and changemakers.

Pre-K through 12 Educators: Join the Winter 2021 Cohort

The Geo-Inquiry Process
Today’s students need to understand how the complex and dynamic human and natural systems interact in order to make smart decisions. The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world.

Events

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    Indiana History Center, Indianapolis
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    Richmond

    June 6 or 7. Please check back to confirm as the date approaches.

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019
    9:00am - 3:00pmMorrisson-Reeves Library, 80 North 6th Street, Richmond, IN 47374


    Guest Speaker: Sue King
    Archivist, Morrisson-Reeves Library

    Register for Workshop
    For More Information email: eosborn@iu.edu or call 812-856-4706

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    8:30am - 4:00pmBall State University, Muncie

    View Flyer
    Application deadline: April 27th
    Register for Workshop

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    IN Government Center South
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    Purdue Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences
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    2019

    5:00PM - 7:00PMSummit Lake State Park (Sunset Shelter) 5993 N. Messick Road, New Castle, IN 47362

    Those who participate in the 2019 Golden Hour Smartphone Photography Workshop will be empowered to make beautiful pictures with their smartphones in Summit Lake State Park during the magical light that is known as The Golden Hour

    The park staff will point out plants, animals, and scenery of particular interest. Participants will learn how to use their smartphones to photograph landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and do macro photography. Following the introduction, the workshop members will have the opportunity to shoot photographs throughout the park.

    For a fee of $10, participants will receive admission to the park, a printed handout, a tripod, and a box of photographic clip-on lenses for their smartphones. The first ten people who register will receive the handouts. Others are welcome to attend.

    Register at moriartymedia.com

    Photographs may be sent to the park to be judged by the staff. The winning picture will be framed and hung in the Summit Lake State Park office.

    This activity is made possible with support by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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    2019
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    01
    Nov
    2019

    Presentation by Katie Springer, the IN State Data Center Coordinator and Librarian with the IN State Library

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    IN State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion
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    07
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    2019
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    09
    Nov
    2019
    Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the IN State Fairgrounds

    GREAT food and entertainment; SOLID education linked to IN Academic Standards; early holiday shopping. GENI is hosting the Giant Maps of Africa & Indiana and Passport engagement activity; IUPUI is a Community Partner encouraging connections to the university. http://www.nationalitiescouncil.org/

    -Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.: school groups in the morning and early afternoon/public in the afternoon and evening
    -Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.: school groups in the morning and early afternoon/public in the afternoon and evening; Naturalization Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. (very humbling and moving event)
    -Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.: OPEN to EVERYONE!

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    10
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    2019
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    16
    Nov
    2019

    Igniting the Spirit of Exploration in Indiana
    Indiana K-12 2019 GAW Bookmark Competition; postmark deadline is November 26, 2019
    WATCH for educational resources

  • Wed
    13
    Nov
    2019

    - Find Resources / hear GIS Stories / visit GIS Day events near you https://www.gisday.com/en-us/overview
    - Find a local GIS professional to visit your classroom OR to visit their work site geni@iupui.edu
    - Engage in interactive elementary-secondary GeoInquiries https://www.esri.com/en-us/industries/education/schools/geoinquiries-collections
    - BEGIN your Story Map adventure … request a FREE ArcGIS Online school account for your students https://www.esri.com/en-us/industries/education/schools/schools-mapping-software-bundle (scroll down a bit and complete the request; takes a few business days to receive a reply)
    1. Once this step is completed, IN middle and high school students can participate in the Mapping Indiana: Nature, Culture and Diversity 2020 IN Middle & High School ArcGIS Online Story Map Competition … 10-$100.00 Amazon gift cards as prizes!!!

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    Hamilton County Fairgrounds

    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2019
    8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.IUPUI's Hine Hall

    How Hoosiers Exemplify Our World: Activists, Innovators and Diplomats
    Speakers:
    Keynote: A’Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, a biography of her great-great-grandmother that was named a New York Times Notable Book.
    Lunch: Dr. Tina L. Heafner, President of the National Council for the Social Studies
    - IN Studies app, CitizIN, launched at the Conference
    - ICSS & GENI Awards
    - Sessions / Networking / Exhibits
    - PGP’s available
    - IUPUI’s Idea Garden – IUPUI Learning Spaces has created a place to foster creativity through technology for students, staff, and the community. The technology was chosen to encourage experimentation, whether you are a novice or a veteran of the technologies. Visitors can get hands-on experience with Dell Canvas and Microsoft Surface drawing tablets, LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printers, HTC Vive virtual reality stations, and an IQ-Wall made up of eight touch-screen panels. ICSS Conference Attendees are explore the Idea Garden in IP106.
    - IU IT Training (https://ittraining.iu.edu) recently made all of their online training materials (Office, Adobe, web design, graphic design, video production, creating accessible documents, etc.) FREE of charge for everyone! IUPUI Department of Geography Augmented Reality Sandbox will be on site for ICSS Conference Attendees to experience

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    2019
    Austin, TX

    Hosted by the Texas Council for the Social Studies
    http://ncge.org/2019conference

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    2019
    Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park
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    Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park Inn
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    2020
    10:30 amValparaiso University, Department of Geography & Meteorology, Kallay Christopher Hall #112 (FREE Parking – Lot 3)

    Participate in an in-person or on-line workshop built around the NatGeo Learning Framework, which describes the attitudes, skills, and knowledge sets that encourage students to think like explorers.
    Workshop Flyer

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    The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, invites PK-12 educators to take part in a summer workshop aimed at developing a more effective curriculum on the European Union. These materials may be incorporated into courses such as geography, government, politics, civics, foreign languages, world/U.S. history, and economics. Indiana educators will receive PGP’s.

    For more information and a tentative schedule, see here.

    The cost of attending the workshop is $90, payable by check to “University of Illinois.” Included in the workshop fee are three nights of lodging at Illini Tower and parking for the duration of the workshop. Breakfast and lunch will be provided June 23-25, and dinner will be provided on June 22. Participants will be expected to cover their own dinners on June 23 and 24. The EU Center will also provide a travel reimbursement of up to $150 based on mileage.

    Register by April 19. Questions may be directed to Sydney Lazarus (lazarus5@illinois.edu).

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    2020

    ICSS Teaching & Learning Materials

    ICSS Virtual Annual Conference
    7-10 pm Eastern: Wednesday, Oct. 21 & Thursday, Oct. 22
    8 am - Noon: Saturday, October 24
    ICSS Members Registration FREE

    Program Sneak Peak: Learn from local experts

    Academic World Quest: Becoming Global Citizens as High School Students - Saturday, October 24 at 8 am

    Panelists: John Carter, Instructional Coach / Teacher, Carmel High School; Troy Hammon, Teacher, Shortridge IB High School; and Nick Salemi, Teacher, Warren Central High School. Moderator: Janet I. Harris, Indiana Council on World Affairs.
    This panel of teachers will share their experiences in sponsoring teams of high school students to the Academic WorldQuest, a global studies program and competition offering students a learning experience on current matters of importance. With the free, easy-to-use, on-line "Official Study Guide," students can independently prepare for the free competition scheduled for February 27, 2021, University of Indianapolis - Live or Virtual or Hybrid. The panel will cover student career options and success stories. Academic WorldQuest is a program of the Indiana Council on World Affairs.

    Indiana Jazz Exchange -Thursday at 7 pm. Presented by Monika Herzig, Sr. Lecturer at IU, Bloomington in Arts Administration
    This session presents the Indianapolis - Cologne Sister Cities Exchange program Indiana Jazz Exchange, in existence since 2011. The Indiana Avenue Jazz legacy, a community created around the Walker Theater and fostered by the music teachers of Crispus Attucks High School, is legendary. I present the stories and music of the Indiana Avenue musicians using our award-winning virtual Sister City Exchange program from June 2020 and important lessons from strong communities who built this jazz legacies for the history and social studies curriculum.

    Hear about national programs:

    Courageous Conversations: Building a Positive Classroom - Wednesday at 7 pm.
    Presented by Jessica Hulten, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
    The Courageous Conversation workshop prepares educators to create positive classroom atmospheres where challenging and productive conversations around topics such as racism, antisemitism, bias, can happen. Educators will collaborate on best practices to construct an environment of respect and rapport. Participants will leave with a toolkit to implement into their classroom.

    Developing Students’ Global Citizenship with Eyewitness Testimony -Wednesday at 9 pm. Presented Lesly Culp; Head of Programs and Sedda Antekelian, Education and Outreach Specialist, USC Shoah Foundation
    Educators explore IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation's educational website, which connects students to human experiences from survivors and witnesses to genocide and empowers their agency in global society. Educators learn how to effectively integrate testimony-based resources across the history discipline, to develop critical thinking, social-emotional aptitudes and civic capacities in students.

    Using Digital Platforms to Teach Primary Sources: The Presidential Primary Sources Project -Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm. Presented by Therese Perlowski, Internet2
    Our session will highlight lessons learned through the Presidential Primary Sources Project to identify best practices for high quality, engaging virtual learning programs. Through accessible online programs we will share how to guide students to build critical thinking skills and gain a greater understanding of the presidency and its historical impacts.

    Exhibitor Zoom Room: Wednesday at 8 pm, between sessions

    ​Newsela Exhibitor Zoom Room: Wednesday & Thursday at 8 pm


    10 am Saturday, October 24: Keynote & Awards
    Lessons in Marginalism: Anything Worth Doing is NOT Worth Doing Well
    by Mohammad Kaviani, Sr. Lecturer in the Dept. of Economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Director of the Center for Economic Education.
    Economists look at all decisions being made at the margin which requires them to allocate scarce resources only to those activities which yield marginal benefits that exceed marginal costs. So how clean is clean enough? Through a brief demonstration, participants will learn that a 100% clean environment may not be an optimal solution.


    11:15 am Saturday October 24: Bonus Professional Development!
    Developing Global Citizens through Geo-Inquiry
    presented by Chassity Mahaska, Franklin Central High School & GENI
    National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry process puts students in the role of explorers and empowers them to investigate and change the world around them. Explorers are encouraged to look at issues from multiple perspectives, including both local and global.

    Earn Professional Growth Points at
    2020 ICSS Annual Conference

    Registration Link



    Contact ICSS •


    Everyone is welcome to join ICSS and enjoy the conference.
    Special membership rates for students, first-year teachers and retired educators.

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    2020
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    2020

    Survivor Diaries: Lost (intermediate book)
    by Terry Lynn Johnson
    https://www.ilfonline.org/page/2020-2021survivordiarieslost

    All the Bright Places (IN-based high school book)
    by Jennifer Niven

    National Geographic Little Kids (pre-school through elementary magazine in print or via Kindle)

    Slade's Glacier: A Novel (adult/high school)
    by Robert F. Jones

    Young Hoosier Book Awards/Nominees

    GeoInquiries
    online interactives with a spatial/mapping component; available via grade level and/or discipline
    https://www.esri.com/en-us/industries/education/schools/geoinquiries-collections

    Find an Explorer from the National Geographic Society

    GAW Education from the National Geographic Society

    What is Geography? from the AAG (Association of American Geographers)

    Why Am I A Geographer? from ESRI's Joseph Kerski (video, 2mins 54 secs)

    Write a grant: COVID-19 Emergency Remote Learning Fund for Educators from the National Geographic Society

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    18
    Nov
    2020

    MAPPING HOUR … a series of twenty, one-hour episodes with Charlie Fitzpatrick and Team … using mapping tools in a variety of subjects. GREAT for virtual learning! https://mappinghour-k12.hub.arcgis.com/pages/episodes
    (https://mappinghour-k12.hub.arcgis.com/)
    (GENI will offer PGP's if you use the videos … let us know – geni@iupui.edu)

    Lindsey the GIS Professional (online book and variety of resources & activities)

    IndianaMap https://maps.indiana.edu/

    IndianaView https://www.indianaview.org/glovis/IN_County_Landsat_Data.html (archived satellite images for Indiana counties)

    GIS Day@ IU Bloomington, Week-long Events https://gisday.indiana.edu/

    GIS Day@ Purdue, Big-Ten Academic Alliance, November 13, https://www.lib.purdue.edu/gis

    What is GIS? video with Joseph Kerski
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6abN99ONmpQ&feature=youtu.be&co3=true

    GIS Day Resources (posters, videos, activities...) https://www.gisday.com/en-us/resources

    GIS Stories … find an exploration story for you and your classroom
    https://www.gisday.com/en-us/discover-gis

    101 Ways to Participate in GIS Day
    https://www.gisday.com/en-us/101-ways

    GeoData Portal @ Purdue (global) http://geodata.lib.purdue.edu/ogp/
    Let us know what you did for GAW and/or GIS Day, and we will send you a world map: name, organization, postal address (e-mail to geni@iupui.edu)

  • Wed
    24
    Feb
    2021
    6:30 pm

    Theme: Mapping Indiana: Past, Present and New Realities

    WHAT: A WEBINAR for educators, students, librarians, resource specialists, education outreach facilitators and the community in general. (Professional development recognition provided: PGP’s, GISP’s…)

    WHY: Learn
    • How to tell stories with online maps
    • How to get started for the competition

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:30 pm (EST)

    Free registration: https://tinyurl.com/t8yc6ld9

    WHO: Jörn Seemann – Ball State University, Department of Geography
    Shireen Desouza – Ball State University, Department of Biology
    Kathy Lamb Kozenski - IUPUI , Department of Geography

    QUESTIONS? Send us an e-mail: mappingindiana@gmail.com

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    Meet Indiana GIS professionals and leaders in the GIS industry, get hands on experience taught by GIS experts and learn new techniques and how GIS is changing the state. Accepting Abstracts through March 12 https://www.igic.org/2021-annual-indiana-gis-conference

  • Thu
    25
    Mar
    2021
    12:00 pm

    Indiana Historical Society offers a broad range of virtual opportunities: webinars, storytelling, exhibit tours, educator and student resources and more. For example, March 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., History Happy Hour focuses on A History of Hoosier Hysteria https://indianahistory.org/visit/calendar/

  • Thu
    15
    Apr
    2021
    6:30 pmWebinar

    For educators, students, librarians, resource specialists, education outreach facilitators and the community in general

    WHY: Learn
    • Step-by-step creation of an on-line story map
    • How to get started for the competition

    WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2021, 6:30 pm (EST)

    Free registration: https://tinyurl.com/yz577krp

    WHO: Shireen Desouza – Ball State University, Department of Biology
    JÖrn Seemann – Ball State University, Department of Geography
    Kathy Lamb Kozenski - IUPUI , Department of Geography
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    ANNOUNCING:
    2021 Indiana Middle School and High School (grades 4-12)
    ArcGIS Story Map Competition
    THEME: Mapping Indiana: Past, Present and New Realities

  • Thu
    17
    Jun
    2021
    T3G

    This Webinar will focus on the ArcGIS Online Story Map Competition for U.S. High School and Middle School Students (grades 4-12). Presentations from current and past student winners, state leaders, and T3G educators are highlights of the Webinar.BENEFITS to YOU:> prepare for the 2022 AGO Story Map Competition> Indiana PGP's available> interact with like-minded colleagues> discover new resources
    T3G Hub for additional details,including an archive of T3G Webinars

    Register for the Webinar

  • Mon
    19
    Jul
    2021
    9:30am - 4:00pmBracken Library, BL 224, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

    StoryMaps Workshop ... FREE to YOU

    > $100 Honorarium
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    Limited space! Please register by July 15...

    REGISTER

    Attention Elementary, Middle, High School, & Post-Secondary Educators/Librarians/Resource
    Specialists...

    FORMAL & INFORMAL !

    Designed for educators wanting to learn how to create ArcGIS StoryMaps.

    Are you interested in helping students:

    > Practice 21st
    century, employable skills?

    > Understand, analyze and interpret data?

    > Deliberate and solve problems from evidence?

    WHAT:
    A professional development opportunity to learn how to effectively integrate geospatial technologies enhancing student learning through the creation of Story Maps. No prior experience with
    ArcGIS Online is required.

    WHEN: July
    19, 2021, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm,

    WHERE: Bracken Library, BL 224, Ball State
    University, Muncie, IN 47306

    BENEFITS:
         

    > Professional Growth Points (PGP’s)

    > Instructional and technical support as you implement geospatial technologies in your curriculum

    > Open a new door for yourself and your students

    LUNCH & PARKING PROVIDED

    Featuring:

    Dr. Reuben Allen,
    Ball State University, Geography

    Dr. Shireen Desouza,
    Ball State University, Biology & Science Education

    Dr. JÖrn
    Seemann,
    Ball State University, Geography

  • Wed
    27
    Oct
    2021
    9:00am - 3:00pm ET

    Government Geospatial Coordinator's Forum

    Join us on October 27 for the Indiana Government Geospatial Coordinator’s Forum. This annual event takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds’ 4-H building located at 2003 Pleasant St in Noblesville.

    The forum provides a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing specifically designed for government geospatial professionals or individuals in other sectors who serve as the primary geospatial service provider for an Indiana government entity.

    Learn more about this year’s Government Geospatial Coordinator’s Forum
    Register: This event is free to attend. However, registration is required to ensure we have an accurate count for the provided breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    While we currently are planning an in-person event, we care about the health and safety of the participants. Therefore, at a minimum, we will follow Indiana State Department of Health and Hamilton County Health Department guidelines. The measures will be in place depending on the color of Hamilton County on the County Metrics Advisory Level map found at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm:

    Blue: social distancing and masks optional
    Yellow: social distancing and masks required
    Orange: we will consider moving to virtual.
    Red: Forum will be virtual

    Indiana Geographic Information Council
    4011 N Pennsylvania Street, Ste 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46205
    (317) 643-4133