Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to Geo-Literacy and the importance of geographic understanding in ensuring our nation’s economic competitiveness, national security, environmental sustainability, and the livability of our communities in the 21st century.

Water is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Of all the water on the planet, less than 1% is available for human use. Will we have enough to support a growing global population, and how will a changing climate affect access to freshwater around the world? Discover the fascinating geography of Earth’s most precious natural resource through activities, multimedia, quizzes, and more this Geography Awareness Week—and learn what you can to do help, both globally and locally.

It’s Geography Awareness Week

Theme: Freshwater

Learn about Mapping Freshwater at the GIS Ed Blog:

You can also watch Charlie Fitzpatrick’s previous webinar on the Community Atlas program, ArcGIS Explorer Online, and Freshwater at:

Don’t forget to check out ArcLessons.  Search for “Water” focused lessons for all learners:

You can also search for GIS in education case studies that relate to “Water”:

Be sure to see “Combining Math, Science, and GIS” at:

And finally, there is a flotilla of water related content at – see: