Learning about Wetlands Using ArcGIS Online

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  • Beginning
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  • Any-All
Target Audience:
  • Middle School
  • Secondary
  • Higher Ed


This activity uses ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) (www.arcgis.com) as a tool for analyzing the geography and science of water from a spatial perspective. This activity focuses on wetlands.


This activity is written for upper secondary/university level but can be used at the lower secondary level, and can even be modified for primary levels. It can be used in formal or informal educational settings and in an independent or whole-class format. Time estimated: 1 class period of 50 minutes. No previous experience with GIS is necessary but (1) the geographic perspective is important, and (2) a background in the topic investigated would be helpful; at a minimum, a short discussion on the processes and phenomenon studied in each investigation should be held at the beginning; such as “What is a wetland? Why are wetlands important? How has our understanding and treatment of wetlands changed over the past two centuries?”

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