USGIF K-12 Educational Outreach

USGIF’s goal for K-12 students is to foster general awareness of GEOINT and the role it plays in their everyday lives, as well as the myriad career opportunities the field offers.

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How to Get Involved

Rent USGIF’s Portable Planet

Portable Planet is a 35-by-26-foot vinyl map designed for children and teachers to walk on, explore its many features, and complete geography and geospatial activities on. Portable Planet is produced and owned by USGIF, and is rented out to schools as an educational tool in assisting with curriculum in geography. Additionally, USGIF created cross-disciplinary, hands-on activities for educators to conduct on the map.

Learn how to rent the map

Bring Intro to GEOINT to a Local School

USGIF is looking for volunteers to share our Intro to GEOINT presentation at your local schools. This is a great way to give back by helping edGEOcate our future leaders.

We have prepared presentation materials for you that is geared toward grades 5-8 and provides an overview of GEOINT—geography, maps, satellites, imagery, remote sensing, GIS, and careers. The presentation takes 45 minutes to one hour and is highly interactive with games, Q&A, stories, videos, and much more.

If you are interested in presenting Intro to GEOINT at your local school, please contact USGIF’s Education & Professional Development Coordinator, Christine MacKrell, at

Classroom Resources

USGIF has created a number of user-friendly GEOINT resources for teachers to easily integrate in their classrooms, as well as for volunteers to take to a school.

View classroom and online resources

GEOConnect Series K-12 Virtual Lessons

With children learning from home, USGIF is continuing its commitment to K-12 education by creating virtual resources for students to learn about geospatial intelligence and other geographic concepts.

GEOConnect Series K-12 Virtual Lessons

Past Events

Click to see events USGIF has hosted and participated in to engage K-12 students in GEOINT.