Interested in learning how to better utilize your handheld GPS or just figure out how to use one at all? Join Tin Mountain and North Country Council for a free three hour training workshop on using handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units. The course is designed for individuals with no GPS experience or basic GPS users who want to learn more about this ever more important technology.

The workshop will be taught by Dr. Shane Bradt, a Geospatial Extension Specialist with UNH’s Cooperative Extension. As one of 12 Geospatial Extension Specialists in the country, Shane develops educational workshops and works to advance geospatial tools to provide communities with the skills they need to make good decisions regarding community planning and natural resource conservation. For his PhD in Zoology, Shane developed remote sensing techniques to monitor water quality in New England lakes and the Great Salt Lake.

The workshop will cover the basics of GPS technology, how to collect waypoints and how to navigate to points you have collected. An introductory presentation will explain the technology behind GPS, but most of the workshop will be spent outside putting handheld GPS receivers through their paces.

The workshop is free and open to the public handheld units are limited, so reservations are requested; call 447-6991. It is sponsored by the North Country Council based in Bethlehem, NH.