Empowering Earth Observation Education

aka AmericaView   |   Logan, UT   |


AmericaView advances Earth observation education through remote sensing science, applied research, workforce development, technology transfer, and community outreach.

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Executive Director

Christopher McGinty

Main address

250 W 100 N

Logan, UT 84321 USA

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NTEE code info

Physical Sciences/Earth Sciences Research and Promotion (U30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Our programs

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AmericaView: National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach, and Research Activity

AmericaView is presently funded under the U.S. Geological Survey, National Land Imaging Program National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach, and Research Activity (NLRSEORA) grant activity. This five-year, $6.25m grant is aimed at empowering Earth observation education and the use of remotely sensed and geospatial data, across the United States. The AmericaView consortium, 39 active state-based members, are organized around public universities that strive to conduct outreach, education, and research to all age groups. Additionally, member states work to better understand the needs of local and state professionals and transmit that information to the federal level to improve the production of sensors, data, and processes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Education & Outreach
Energize Earth Observation Education and Outreach
Develop experiential learning activities, games, demonstrations, and art displays designed to enhance geospatial literacy.
Engage with K-12 teachers to develop and maintain standards-based educational materials and activities that link STEAM disciplines to community needs and issues.
Provide higher education students with an open, inclusive, and collaborative environment within internships, service learning programs, research opportunities, and interdisciplinary group projects.
Train the current workforce in industry, government, and academia using new data, products, tools, and methods.
Reach diverse audiences through informal education to promote the awareness and importance of Earth observation in society.

Strategic Partnerships
Expand Local, National, and International Strategic Partnerships
Expand its national program by identifying opportunities that sustain and expand the consortium.
Foster the development of educational resources that support Earth observation education, are freely available, and provide a foundational resource for the use of EO information and data to improve our world.
Establish strategic partnerships by identifying EO needs and opportunities in the public, private, and educational sectors.
Expand its international reach by establishing strategic partnerships through the GEO programs – with a focus on disaster and emergency response and education.
Expand working partnerships within and between StateView programs.

Strengthen Applied Remote Sensing Research
Augment EO research to address local to global geospatial information needs.
Secure funding from a variety of sources for sustaining and expanding applied remote sensing research at local to global scales.
Promote the awareness and applications of new and operational sensors, platforms, data characteristics, and their use in EO.
Expand innovative use of EO data, products and analytics by mobilizing the AV network.
Disseminate research methods and results through various publication formats and data portals that convey remote sensing procedures, best practices, and workflow recipes.

National Recognition
Serve as a Recognized National Remote Sensing Resource
Collaborate broadly with related organizations on research, outreach, and education to advance EO concepts and capabilities.
Champion AmericaView expertise in word and action.
Articulate the unique identity of AmericaView and its StateViews.
Continuously review and renew AV resources for relevance to the EO community.
Capture the imagination of the public and educate all communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    AmericaView serves many different audiences that range from K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students to veterans and individuals already in the workforce working to retool into new or advanced positions. AmericaView also works with teachers of all kinds as well as researchers at leading universities. The goal in all of these interactions is to promote an understanding and appreciation of remote sensing by empowering Earth observation education through outreach, applied research, workforce development, and technology transfer.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, General membership meetings,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    AmericaView regularly adapts strategies to impart information and resources. An example is the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic where AmericaView quickly pivoted from developing hands-on, in-person opportunities to online and virtual learning experiences.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    AmericaView is a grassroots organization with a very small senior staff and a board of directors made up of organization members who conduct on-the-ground efforts. By soliciting and evaluating feedback, AmericaView can quickly adapt to needs of those we serve and changes in the overall community in general.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,



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Board of directors
as of 07/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John McGee

Virginia Tech

Term: 2022 - 2023

Board co-chair

Lindi Quackenbush

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Term: 2022 - 2023

Rebecca Dodge

Midwestern State University

Robin McNeely

Iowa State University

Mary O'Neill

South Dakota State University

Joseph Knight

University of Minnesota

R. Yantis

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Bradley Shellito

Youngstown State University

Nancy French

Michigan Tech Research Institute

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/12/2022

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.