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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 11/14/00
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CONTACT: Amy Collings or Loretta O’Donnell
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PRESS ADVISORY

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MAPPING PROJECT DURING GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK

Fifty fifth grade students from Trenton and New Brunswick will learn the basics of high-tech mapping and the interrelationship between people and their environment as part of GIS Day, Wed., Nov. 15.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has organized a day-long activity for the students in recognition of the national observance of Geographic Information System (GIS) Day and Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12 - 18.)

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with an introduction to the GIS computer mapping technology at DEP headquarters, 401 E. State St., Trenton. The students then take a train trip to New Brunswick for additional GIS training at Rutgers University in New Brunswick at 10:30 a.m., noting landmarks along the way as part of their mapping projects. The students return to Trenton by 2 p.m.

The field trip to teach geography and mapping co-hosted by DEP and the Rutgers University Urban Planning Department, with support from the NJ Office of State Planning and the NJ Office of Information Technology.

GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week are sponsored nationally by the National Geographic Society, the U.S. Geological Survey, and ESRI Inc., makers of GIS software.

DEP is also showcasing this week the new GIS station available to the public in DEP's Public Access Center at its Trenton headquarters building. The station allows the public to learn about GIS technology, how it is used in environmental decision making, and to access GIS software and DEP data independently. Among the data sets that can be accessed are wetlands, geology, soils and land use data and other areas of interest including counties, municipalities and watersheds.

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