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 A Powerful Combination: Schoolchildren, Environmental Data, and ArcView GIS--Focusing on Texas Wetlands
Track:  Education (K-12) and Library Science
Author:   Karen Jennifer Bridges
Kirk Rutkofski
Kathy Gonzalez
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students utilizing Adopt-A-Wetland text data and ArcView GIS software have created a Texas wetlands regional GIS to support the location of specific wetland sites and their species. Adopt-A-Wetland works with Texas public schools whose classrooms "adopt" a wetland site, then monitor, gather, and record flora, fauna, and water quality data. The project incorporates the use of GIS into K-12 volunteer environmental monitoring and data gathering projects. This gives their data a spatial aspect, allowing for analysis and providing a better understanding of their world and what they find in it.

Karen Jennifer Bridges
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Blucher Institute of Surveying and Science
Corpus Christi, TX78412

Telephone: 512-994-6091
Fax: 512-994-2715