The Geographic Society of Chicago is proud to offer a unique mapping service — and educational experiences. By utilizing the power of maps and the integrative tools of GIS (geographic information systems), we can solve environmental and community issues and train others in this effort as well. While out in the field, we use hand-held GPS units to collect primary data. We then produce professional maps based on the data we have found. The data we collect is fed into ArcGIS -- the nation's premier geographic information system software. Our GPS data collection units and GIS software have enabled us to monitor a variety of environmental concerns, including the growth of invasive species as well as the restoration and protection of endangered areas along the Lake Michigan shore.
Because one of our missions is to promote the study of geography, we are also actively involving student groups in these efforts. Using geospatial technology to solve real-world problems, students learn the power of maps and skills essential in the 21st century.
This work has been possible because of the expertise of three Board Members of the Geographic Society of Chicago.