Robbyn Abbitt, Geography

Miami's Geographic Information System (GIS) program is rooted in application. The Natural Areas provide a wonderful training ground for field data collection and trail mapping for our students. Students learn about user experiences with existing maps and signs and then use that information to inform their own creations of updated maps and signs (both in print and online). This ongoing collaboration with the Natural Areas provides needed mapping and asset location information to the Natural Areas manager while also serving to provide a hands-on learning experience for our students.

A hand pointing at a close-up sign with a map of the Miami University natural areas.

Current sign in Natural Areas from User Experience Activity.

Student taking a selfie in the natural areas, with three additional students behind, crossing a bridge.

Students in the field collecting trail and point of interest data.

Screenshot of an app with points of interest listed as bird watching, dewitt cabin, parking lot, stepping stones, swinging bridge, and no crossing icons.

Screenshot of New MUNA Online Trail map legend.