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Online GIS Applications & Map Mash-ups

Access Online Plaster Creek Watershed Mapping System, A full interactive mapping platform dedicated to Plaster Creek learning, research, and restoration. Maps, History, Images, and Video all dedicated to learning about Plaster Creek.
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Michigan Dune Inventory GIS, An interactive map to explore dunes in Michigan. Include drawing, add data to the map, elevation profiles, geocoding, and several layers of imagery and vector data.
Access Online Understanding Michigan Dunes, An interactive journal map to explore multiple aspects of dunes in Michigan! (Currently in development stage).
Access Online Plaster Creek Watershed GIS, The Plaster Creek Watershed occupies approximately 58 square miles, all in metropolitan Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The creek itself is about 14 miles long.  Its headwaters originate in agricultural areas around Dutton, southeast of Grand Rapids. (Currently in transition to new application enviroment in JavaScript & HTML, with Silverlight expiration)

Access Online Understanging Your Geography - Live in the USA but don't know your neighborhood geography? An interactive map of demographic and economic data in the USA.

Access Online Calvin Trees, An interactive map of all the trees on campus that are a diameter of 4 inches or more on campus

Access Online Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve GIS, over 90 acres of temperate deciduous forest, wetlands and old fields await your exploration on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. While you're here, visit the Bunker Interpretive Center, a LEED-certified facility used for environmental education.

Access Online Map Library USGS TopoSheet Inventory, Check out the inventory of toposheets available in the Map Library at the Calvin College GEO Department. The library is a government documents library open to the public.

Access Online Published Datasets
(Including the Kurdish Conflict Dataset (KCD))

Access Online - our accessible layers to use from our ArcGIS Server. See the layers in ArcMap, ArcExplorer Online, or Google Earth






Ecosystem GIS


  • Check out our training videos using the Trimble Juno GPS units.

    Some of these courses at Calvin use our GPS units to build synergy across the campus:
  • - Geography 261 - GIS & Cartography
  • - Geography 361 - Advanced GIS
  • - Biology 250 - Research Design & Methods
  • - Biology 346 - Plant Taxonomy