Esri K-12 license

The Geospatial Research and Information Laboratory (GRAIL) hosts the Esri statewide educational license makes ArcGIS software available for free to all Arizona public, charter, private, and home schools, as well nonprofit, youth-serving organizations.


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State-specific GIS Data


Arizona Regional Image Archive - Resource system for digital image and map data for the Sonoran Desert region, including the southwestern United States and northern Mexico

Arizona State Cartographer's Office - Serves as a clearinghouse for information about and links to Arizona data resources

AZGEO Clearinghouse - GIS layers for administrative boundaries, demographic, environmental factors, hydrology, imagery, indices, mining, natural features, transportation and more

Southern Arizona Data Service Program - Serves Gap Analysis Program (GAP) data, Arizona general reference data, and data collected by researchers at the Sonoran Desert Research Station


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment GIS - GIS data and maps developed by programs within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

ColoradoView - Remote sensing and geospatial data, including Landsat, MODIS, aerial remote sensing, and aerial photography of selected Colorado features; political and natural resources geospatial data for Colorado and the United States; and extensive library of links to GIS data sources


Nevada Natural Heritage Program - Biological data for threatened, endangered, rare, and at-risk plants and animals in Nevada; links to other data sources; and downloadable GIS software

Virtual Clearinghouse for Nevada Geographic Information - A clearinghouse for geographic information, including GIS coverages

New Mexico

New Mexico Resource Geographic Information System Program - New Mexico digital, geospatial data acquired from local and national public agencies or created expressly for the New Mexico Resource Geographic Information System Program


Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center - Central clearinghouse for all of Utah’s GIS data

National GIS Data - Download datasets that are generated by the federal government. Metadata, information about how to access datasets, and tools for developers are provided.

Forest Inventory Data Online (FIDO) - Provides access to the National Forest Inventory and Analysis Program databases

GEO Portal - Find, access, and share geospatial data that allows the user to search data from all over the world

Geospatial Data Gateway - One-stop source for environmental and natural resources data

GIS Data Depot - Download for free or purchase data at both state and county levels, including DEM's, DRG's, and DOQQ's.

National Atlas - Mapping professionals can select from hundreds of map layers containing geographic information collected by federal agencies in areas ranging presidential election results and crime statistics to land cover and precipitation

The National Map - Available geographic information includes orthoimagery (aerial photographs), elevation, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation, structures, and land cover.

USGS Core Science Clearinghouse - A metadata repository holding thousands of records describing scientific datasets, projects, or software tools used in biological and ecological scientific analysis

GIS Software

FreeGIS Project - Links to free GIS software and publicly available geographic data

GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) - Free and open source GIS software suite used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization

Additional Resources

Center for Rapid Environmental Assessment and Terrain Evaluation (CREATE) - Acquires near real-time remote-sensing imagery and provides rapid assessment of changing environmental conditions in New Mexico and other parts of the southwestern United States

Great Lakes Environmental Indicators Project - Uses satellite images and remote sensing to develop and test more sensate environmental indicators for assessing the condition of the coastal wetlands and shoreline habitats of the Great Lakes

The Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) - Assists individuals worldwide using GIS and science to conserve natural resources and cultural heritage through communication, networking, scholarships, and training

US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology - Promotes interdisciplinary research and communication among scientists, planners, and other professionals concerned with landscape ecology