Thank you to everyone for making DroneCamp 2020 a big success!

Please check out all the workshop recordings via the DroneCamp Program or YouTube Channel


Flier  •  Instructors   •   Program   •   FAQs

Now in its 4th year, DroneCamp is a collaborative intensive short course providing comprehensive training on using drones for mapping and data collection. Instructors from the University of California and California State University systems will teach you how to select hardware, plan flights for data collection, prepare equipment, fly safely and legally, process and manage data, conduct analyses, and visualize results for a range of applications including:

Agriculture • Land Management • Facilities Inspections • Environmental Monitoring • Forestry • Research

Who Should Attend DroneCamp?


Short answer: Anyone interested in using drones for mapping or data collection!

DroneCamp is designed for a wide range of skill levels and interests, from complete beginners with little to no experience in drone technology, to intermediate users who want to learn more advanced data processing and analysis.

Note the focus of DroneCamp is using drones for mapping, research and data collection. We do not cover building drones, robotics, or videography. Regulations and safety will be discussed but this is not a full-fledged Part 107 prep class.

Experience with drones or GIS is not required.


  • Flight Skills: Night Flying (unfortunately we can't do flight practice online, but we'll recommend resources for learning how to fly)
  • Safety and Regulations: Safety and Regulations Overview; How to be a Good Visual Observer; Operating in Controlled Airspace
  • Hardware: Sensors, Platforms and Field Accessories
  • Data Collection: Mission Planning; High Precision Mapping
  • Data Analysis: Stitching Drone Images with Pix4D, Agisoft Metashape, ArcGIS Pro, and OpenDroneMap; Analyzing Processed Drone Data in QGIS and ArcGIS Pro; Advanced Analytics for Vegetation Analysis, Vegetation Analysis and Classification in ArcGIS Pro; Sharing Data and Outputs; Analysis of the Intertidal Zone

Online Format

In response to the COVID19 pandemic, all DroneCamp sessions will be online, primarily using Zoom. Workshops will include lecture style, short talks, and hands-on software training with live instructors.

Note: Hands-on workshops using software will require participants to install software on their own computers. Setup instructions for each workshop are available on the Program, including minimum hardware requirements, where to download the software, and getting a trial license if needed. 


Schedule at a Glance

See the DroneCamp Program.

Registration & Fees

One low price for all content:

General admission: $50
Academic rate*: $30

* to get the academic rate you must register with a .edu email address


Scholarships and Discounts

UCANR. We are pleased to offer scholarships for UCANR employees and UCANR Statewide Program volunteers, including California Naturalists, 4H, and Master Gardeners. Select the Scholarship option when registering. A short application to verify eligibility is required.

CSU Monterey Bay students and faculty. A limited number of complementary registrations are available for students and staff of CSU Monterey Bay. Please contact for details.

Comments from DroneCamp Alumni

As someone with minimal drone knowledge, I thought the course provided a great overview of all aspects of drone technology, regulations, data capture and analysis. But the flying was my favorite!

I had plenty of experience operating drones, but the data processing was extremely helpful in teaching me skills that I had been unable to previously find information about.

Qreat organization, very professional, friendly atmosphere. Interesting for any audience and good for any experience level. Will highly recommend to anyone.

DroneCamp 2019 was a great experience. I was impressed that such a large amount of information was presented in a very organized and coherent way. I appreciated that there was a sufficient number of presenters and staff that any questions could be quickly addressed. The expertise and level of preparation of the team were impressive.

As a researcher, I was already aware of the possible applications of drone-based photogrammetry, but DroneCamp gave me a more realistic idea of the cost of equipment and software required for high-accuracy results. I feel that I can speak knowledgeably about drones in writing a proposal, and include a reasonable budget.

I was excited to learn to fly drones and to gain an overview of current capabilities (both hardware and software/services that govern flight and data interpretation). DroneCamp went above and beyond.

I went from knowing nothing about drones to signing up for my part 107 exam and will be using drones to map wilderness areas for search and rescue operations.

I appreciated the candid evaluations of hardware and software, together with price, and the integration of open source and free tools into the software presentation.

Our agency is in the infancy stage of incorporating drones into our current work flow. There is a lot of interest in and around our office through stakeholders and our board of directors but it is an issue that should not be rushed. DroneCamp has been instrumental in introducing material & individuals that we can reach out to as we further refine the scope of how, when, and why drones will be a part of our current routine activities.

Monterey Bay DART UAS Symposium

The Monterey Bay DART (Drones Automation & Robotics Technology) UAS Symposium is being rescheduled for the fall. Join us on Thursday June 25 for an open session celebrating DART's 5th anniversary and plans for the symposium.

Highlights from Previous DroneCamps

DroneCamp 2019

DroneCamp 2018

DroneCamp 2017