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The workshop will be held at Schmeeckle Reserve on the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point campus. Directions, parking information, and a site map can be found on the Schmeeckle Reserve website.


Requests received up to two weeks prior to the start date of the workshop will be granted a full refund. Requests received between two weeks and one week prior to the start of the workshop will receive a 50% refund. All requests received less that one week prior to the start of the workshop will not be refunded.

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​Workshop Information

Fundamentals of QGIS and Avenza Maps

This course explores fundamental tasks performed in QGIS, a free, open-source desktop geographic information system (GIS), and Avenza Maps, a mobile application for field data collection.

Through this hands-on, field-based workshop, Christine Koeller, GISP and GIS Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Mick Wheaton, Forester with Valley View Forestry in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, will teach participants how to:

  • Import Data into QGIS
  • Create maps in QGIS
  • Input maps into Avenza Maps
  • Collect data points and tracks using Avenza Maps
  • Import Avenza Maps data into QGIS
  • Create maps in QGIS using Avenza Maps data

A full workshop itineary can be found HERE.

This workshop is pre-approved for 5.5 Category 1 (CF) CFE credits, 5 CFP CFE hours, and 1 GISP education point.


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Christine Koeller, GISP, is an Assistant Faculty Associate of GIS with the GIS Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Christine’s teaching and research centers around mobile GIS techniques and locational analytics with a focus on natural resource applications. Some of her recent projects include: Beaver Lake Bathymetric Map, Green Circle Trail Interactive Web Map, and Wisconsin Aquaculture Site Suitability Analysis with GIS.



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Michael "Mick" Wheaton is a Forester with Valley View Forestry in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and an avid GIS user. Mick has been working on forestry related GIS projects for over 10 years and began integrating Avenza Maps more than 2 years ago. Mick is well-versed in using QGIS and Avenza Maps to create timber sale maps, collecting cruise data, and creating timber cruise maps for MFL plans.





Target Audience

This workshop will focus on forest management applications. However, all natural resources professionals are welcome to attend.  

Prior experience with GIS is preferred.

Contact Information

Questions regarding this workshop can be directed to Haley Frater at

Questions regarding the registration process can be directed to Continuing Education at 715-346-3838