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Geo-Spatial Technologies for Indiana Educators and Students



Orienteering Defined

Orienteering is a sport in which orienteers use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. It can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods or as a competitive sport.


Lessons and Activities

Compass Competition

Compass Crusaders

Determining Distance

Schoolyard Compass Activity

Three-Legged Compass Walk


Boy Scouts of America - http://www.scoutstuff.org; Silva 1-2-3 Starter compass, $10.95. Other options at various price ranges and with various capabilities. Hiking/camping supplies also.

Camping Gurus - http://www.campinggurus.com; compasses and other orienteering supplies.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources - topographic maps and other maps. Map Sales, 402 West Washington Street, W160, Indianapolis IN 46204-2741, 1.877.463.6367; http://www.in.gov/dnr/publications/mapsandmore.html.

Orienteering Power Point by Joe Ladwig, Lighthouse Christian Academy

Topozone - http://www.topozone.com; access topographic maps, shaded relief maps and aerial photographs of the region under study.