Instructional and Reference Tools and Materials

I teach a Wilderness Navigation Class at West Valley College, in Saratoga, CA for the Parks Management Department. As part of that class I have developed a number of handouts and reference cards over the years. Many of my customers are learning various aspects of navigation and coordinate systems, some of them are instructors teaching classes of their own. It my goal to share my instructional resources as widely as possible.

Handout Reference Sheets

The reference sheets listed here are mostly available for free with your order, all you need to do is add them to your shopping cart. For instructors, I have priced the sheets at about what it costs me to print them in full color on both sides of the paper. There are not any minimums or package sizes, just order as many of whichever sheets you want for your classes.

If you are in a hurry or would prefer to print the sheets yourself, follow the link to the individual sheets, and you will find a link to download a pdf file.

Using UTM Booklet and Plastic Reference Cards

My instructional booklet "Using UTM with your GPS" and various plastic field reference cards are also listed below.

Slides and Handouts from my Class

Here is a link to the most current set of handouts, slides and other resources for my Wilderness Navigation Class. It's organized by class day which is good for my students but not the best if you are looking for info on a specific topic. The slides are in a 9 slides per page pdf format. If there are slides you would like to use for your class, check some of the links I discuss below. If you still don't find the slids you are looking for, email me with specifics of what your interested in, and I'll send you the original files. Note I create my slides in Apple's Keynote, I can export to PowerPoint for you. But I can't fix things that are not quite right in the PowerPoint versions.

Here is another page with materials from my class , organized more by topic than class schedule. Alas this page tends to lag behind, and is not as current as the previous one.

Tutorials and Videos

This site is full of written tutorials and video tutorials on all sorts of navigation topics. Instructors please fell welcome to use these materials in your classes. All I ask is that you give me credit, and point you students to the maptools.com web site as a useful resource.

Custom Declination Reference Card

Understanding the three different north references and how and when to convert between them is one of the most difficult things to learn as a land navigator.

If you are new to all of this I'd recommend that you first visit our North Reference tutorials and videos.

When you create one of these reference sheets, you'll start with the location where you will be using it. We will figure out the current magnetic declination for that location and calculate the Grid Convergence angle from True North. No need to rely on out of date declination values from an old map.

Next you get to tell us about your map and how you want to use it, and decide which north reference you want on your compass.

  • Which north reference is "up" on you map, True or Grid?
  • Which north reference do the north reference lines on your map represent, Grid, True, or Magnetic?
  • Will you set your compass up to read bearing relative to Magnetic, True, or Grid North?

Click here to design your own declination reference sheet.

Instructional and Reference Product List

Item Description Quantity Price Quantity
UTMGuide3 image Using your GPS with UTM Coordinates 3rd Ed.
Part Id: UTMGuide3, Made in United States
UPC: 780971090118
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$7.95
$6.76
$5.57
$4.77
Card_UTM image Reference Card - UTM, MGRS, USNG
Part Id: Card_UTM, Made in United States
UPC: 824249150353
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$1.99
$1.69
$1.39
$1.19
Card_Dec image Reference Card - Declination & Compass Rose
Part Id: Card_Dec, Made in United States
UPC: 824249150308
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$1.99
$1.69
$1.39
$1.19
Card_LatLon image Reference Card - Latitude Longitude
Part Id: Card_LatLon, Made in United States
UPC: 824249150322
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$1.99
$1.69
$1.39
$1.19
Card_Dist image Reference Card - Time, Speed, and Distance
Part Id: Card_Dist, Made in United States
UPC: 824249150315
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$1.99
$1.69
$1.39
$1.19
Card_mm image Reference Card - Millimeter Grid
Part Id: Card_mm, Made in United States
UPC: 824249150339
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$1.99
$1.69
$1.39
$1.19
Card_Slope image Reference Card - Inclinometer for Slope Angle
Part Id: Card_Slope, Made in United States
UPC: 824249150346
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$1.99
$1.69
$1.39
$1.19
RefCardSet image Set of 6 Reference Cards + Pocket Magnifier
Part Id: RefCardSet, Made in United States
UPC: 824249150360
1 - 9
10 - 24
25 - 99
100+
$8.45
$7.18
$5.92
$5.07
GridsSheet image Loocating Coordinate Grid Information on USGS Maps
Part Id: GridsSheet, Made in United States
UPC:
1
2+
$0.00
$0.15
MapMathSheet image Map Math Instruction Sheet
Part Id: MapMathSheet, Made in United States
UPC:
1
2+
$0.00
$0.15
TopoSymSheet image USGS Topographic Map Symbols
Part Id: TopoSymSheet, Made in United States
UPC:
1
2+
$0.00
$0.21
NorthRefSheet image North Reference Sheet
Part Id: NorthRefSheet, Made in United States
UPC:
1
2+
$0.00
$0.15
MilStyleInsert image UTM Tool Instruction Sheet
Part Id: MilStyleInsert, Made in United States
UPC:
1
2+
$0.00
$0.15