Geospatial Niagara

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Geospatial Niagara is an educational non-profit created in January 2013 promoting geo-literacy and community participation through geography.  Geospatial Niagara is dedicated to educational opportunities that foster economic prosperity through community-minded projects. We strive to provide the very best in geographic education, geospatial technology support and skilled resources to educators, students and the public alike throughout Niagara, and all of our partners beyond.

Geospatial Niagara has provided over 25 internship projects valued at a projected $626,425 and engaged over 2,000 students. These projects include TreeOcode Niagara, which has coded almost 24,000 individual trees, resulting in over $1.5 million in annual eco-benefits. This program seeks to build relationships with local area municipalities to educate Niagara residents on the benefits of the Urban Forest Canopy and encourages tree planting practices on private property.

The Niagara Aspiring Geopark is a project seeking to educate, incorporate and encourage residents’ relationships with the geography surrounding them through a UNESCO Global Geopark Designation, which would elevate the Niagara region to a global platform.

In addition, the Niagara Minecraft Project utilizes existing geospatial data and a ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) conversion program to transfer this same information into the video game Minecraft. The goal of the Minecraft project is to improve education opportunities such as all levels of math and geospatial understanding beyond the elementary years of school.

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