GIS Project (ESRI Software)

The Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), has granted Washington State K-12 schools license to certain ESRI software, data, and web services at no cost. The GIS Project is being run by OSPI and offers Washington schools the opportunity to receive software and training throughout the length of the contract. The statewide license for schools in Washington cover:

  1. All public and non-public schools providing education in grades K-12, including charter schools, technical schools, magnet schools, Montessori schools, and religious schools
  2. Homeschools
  3. Local chapters of recognized national youth programs, including but not limited to 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs; other youth-serving clubs by agreement between ESRI and license administrator
Available Software

ESRI has granted Washington unlimited licenses for the following software (both desktop and server): Full ArcGIS Suite, including ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView, and several other advanced GIS applications.

OSPI will provide interested districts with access to download ArcGIS software upon request. Contact Dennis Small ( to obtain this software as well as provisioning licenses.

Available Training

The ESRI license grants unlimited access to 32 web courses. These courses range from 3 to 24 hours in length. Explore courses and descriptions.

Contact Dennis Small ( to obtain training codes.

Instructional Videos

ESRI has posted 45 YouTube tutorial videos that focus on GIS in education.

GIS data for Washington State: Available for download here.

This video was taken from a presentation held at ESD 112 on 12/13/10 by ESRI representatives Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., Education Manager and Heather Glock, Regional Government Sales.

Exploring Your World With GIS Video