May 24, 2024
UC ANR teaches how to use drones for field data collection

UC ANR’s DroneCamp 2024, scheduled from June 24-28 at California State University Monterey Bay in Marina, aims to help participants learn how to use drones for mapping and collecting field data.


This session is geared towards beginner and intermediate users who wish to learn more advanced flight, data processing and analysis skills.

DroneCamp is a five-day short course is now in its eighth year. It covers topics ranging from getting started with using drones for mapping and research. The curriculum includes equipment, safety and regulations, flight planning, manual and autonomous flight, photogrammetry, data processing, data analysis, data management and research talks. 

Track for educators

New for 2024 is a concurrent track for educators. Within these breakout sessions, instructors will present topics and methods for teachers developing drone programs, and will discuss drone technology, safety culture and remote-pilot code of conduct.


DroneCamp is led by a team of 21 instructors from UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Lakeland College, American River College and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Hands-on experience

Participants attending the presentations in person will get hands-on experience in flight workshops, where they will have the opportunity to:

  • Fly a variety of drone platforms.
  • Directly engage with instructors and other participants.
  • Expand their networks.
  • Gain access to all the software used throughout the week.
  • Explore the iconic Monterey Bay area.

Registration is now open for the course, which is also available online for those who cannot attend in person. The full agenda is also available online. Fore more information, email [email protected].

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