Service Learning with Natural Resources Using GPS/GIS Technology Ty Petty, Extension Agent, The University of Tennessee Extension, Unicoi County, 100 N. Main Ave., Erwin, TN 37650, firstname.lastname@example.orgGoals Impact Make Unicoi County a major destination for Created Appalachian Trail Map and Brochure Distributed over 1,000 Trail Brochures outdoor recreation Created Storm Drain Map Increase awareness of local natural Created Pinnacle Fire Tower Trail Map resources Created County Recycling Map Over seventy youth hiked at least 8 miles Take over fifty 4‐H members hiking Youth improved their teamwork, communication, fitness, Improve teamwork, citizenship, conservation, career preparedness, and technology skills communication, conservation, and Made over 15 presentations at conferences, government meetings, and civic organizations technology skills Won Best Student Map Award at ESRI International GIS Increase number of youth GIS projects Conference across the state and country Won inaugural State 4‐H GIS Project Championship Trained 13 Extension Agents at first State 4‐H GIS In‐Service Five 4‐H members were selected to join the National 4‐H GPS/GIS Leadership TeamAbstractTeen 4‐H members in Unicoi County, TN are using GIS(geographic information system) to promote conservation,tourism, and active lifestyles. The first project involved Hikers enjoy the view overlooking the Hiking across Big Bald Mountain on mapping storm drains and labeling them with waterproof Nolichucky River along the AT the AT at 5,516’ elevationstickers stating “No Dumping, Drains to Stream.” The GISteam began hiking and mapping local sections of theAppalachian Trail after the county was designated as anAppalachian Trail Community. Current projects include anonline community resources guide, a greenway guide, a localriver guide, and a map of local recycling centers. The youthhiked over seventy miles during the past two years whilelearning about GPS/GIS technology, tree identification,conservation, and natural resources. The youth improvedtheir teamwork, communication, fitness, career Best Student Map at ESRI International GIS Conf.preparedness, and technology skills. Three of the teammembers joined the National 4‐H GPS/GIS Leadership Team in2011. The Unicoi County Appalachian Trail Map won the Best Big Bald Mountain along the Appalachian TrailStudent Map Presentation Award at the 2011 ESRIInternational User Conference. Over a thousand local Map created to increase recycling and educate public Appalachian Trail Brochures, created by the 4‐H GIS team,have been distributed through the Chamber of Commerceand U.S. Forest Service. The 4‐H GIS Team’s first Partners major project included labeling storm drains with “No Dumping” stickers and creating a map of all the storm drains in the Town of Unicoi. State Champion 4‐H GIS Project
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