GIS (Geographic Information System) Day will be celebrated at the East Tennessee State University & General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site on Saturday, November 23rd.

The museum will offer a wide range of activities for all ages. The activities include craft activities, such as a map coloring challenge, a “make your own globe” station, and using maps to help animals. There will be a GeoCacheing game where visitors go on a GPS Cache Hunt, and there will be an interactive GIS demo where participants will learn how to do GIS with Dr. Andrew Joyner, Assistant Professor of Geosciences. Professors will also have “Geoguesser,” a game where participants will guess where their location from Google Street View clues. Visitors will also have a chance to test their geography knowledge with “GeoSense.”

Free presentations will be featured throughout the day beginning at 10:00 a.m. with “What is GIS” with Dr. Indrid Luffman, Lecturer in ETSU’s Department of Geosciences. At 11:00, the museum will host a video screening of Penn State’s Geospatial Revolution, at noon, Dr. Eileen Ernenwein, Assistant Professor in ETSU’s Department of Geoscience, will give a presentation about “The World from Above,” at 1:00 p.m. the museum will host a second screening of Geospatial Revolution, and at 2:00 p.m. ETSU Geoscience graduate students will give presentations on a variety of related topics.

“We are very excited to be hosting GIS Day,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, museum director. “GIS is such an amazing tool, and we want people to know about all of its benefits and how it’s useful in helping people interpret geographical data quickly and recognize patterns and trends. It’s another way of looking at and learning about the world around us.”

The ETSU Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site continually showcases the 5-million-year-old Gray Fossil Site and its unique ecosystem. Visitors are invited to observe live excavations in May through October. There are also many special events held at the Museum, such as the monthly “Lunchtime Lecture Series,”  “Fossil & Artifact ID Nights” every other month, and many ongoing youth programs.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, or for special assistance, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at