Explorations from an Aerial Perspective, A Program Manual
A Way to Explore the Community Using Aerial Photographs and Topographic Maps

Explorations from an Aerial Perspective is written for educators working in a diversity of settings. It will enable these educators to incorporate airphotos and maps into investigations of local environments and land use history. Students and adults in classrooms, nature centers, after-school programs, 4-H clubs, camps and other settings conduct these investigations.

With the use of inexpensive aerial photographs, youth and adults can experience the thrill of seeing their own community from an aerial perspective. From this unique view, they gain new insights about:


  • how their neighborhoods have changed over time;
  • the effect of land use practices on water quality in local streams and lakes;
  • the impact of a proposed development on their neighborhood;
  • other local land use and environmental issues.

Explorations from an Aerial Perspective also includes the information necessary for university Extension faculty and others who wish to conduct a “train-the-trainers” program. Participants in such programs are educators who go on to guide youth conducting local Aerial Perspectives investigations.

Included in the package are:

Instructions for how to set up a “train-the-trainers” program; background information on how to interpret airphotos and topographic maps; hands-on activities designed to develop airphoto and map interpretation skills; case studies of Aerial Perspectives community investigations conducted in rural, suburban and urban settings; resource packets for educators and students, including activity pages and worksheets, airphotos,and maps. Chapters include: Topographic Maps; Aerial Photographs; Stereoscopic Viewing; Airphoto Enlargements; Airphoto Interpretation; Classifying Land Use and Land Cover Features; Land Use Mapping; Acquiring Maps, Aerial Photographs, and Stereoscopes; and, Creating an Exhibit.

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Ithaca, New York 14850

Watershed-related publications and videos available 
The Oregon State University Extension Service has more than 50watershed-related publications and videos, with topics such as wetlands, streams, estuaries, wildlife, dairy production and rangelands. You can find the entire list at:

To order copies of these publications or videos, print the form and fax it or mail it with a check, purchase order, or money order (payable to Oregon State University) to: Publication Orders

Extension & Station Communications
Oregon State University
422 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2119
Fax: 541-737-0817
Or e-mail your request to:

For other educational materials available on the Extension and Experiment Station Communications Web site, go to:

The International Joint Commission’s Tenth Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality
Human health concerns from eating Great Lakes fish, cleanup of contaminated sediment, air deposition of persistent toxic substances, urban land use, and monitoring and information needs are cited as major concerns inthe new report.

The report is available to the public free of charge on IJC’s wetsite at or in hard copy by contacting the INternational Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Regional Office in Canada at 100 Ouellette Ave., Suite 300, Windsor, ON N9A 6T3; phone (519)257-6734; in the U.S. at P.O. Box 32869, Detroit, MI 48232, phone (313)226-2170; or by e-mail to commission


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