Welcome to the Collections Interactive Map!


This is pretty easy to use, but there are a few things you need to be acquainted with.


Pan/Zoom/Full Extent:

Pan – use the arrow buttons to pan. You can also click anywhere on the map and that point will become the new center

To zoom in or out, drag the button on the slider bar or click on the zoom in/out buttons above and below the slider.  You can also use the magnifying glass to draw a zoom-to box on the map; click to activate tool (in Firefox, double click).

Full extent – returns to the full extent of the map.




Browse/Identify Point/Search/Select Plants:

Browse – in this map mode, you can zoom or pan

Identify point – with this button selected, click on a point to see information about it (you must be zoomed in far enough to click accurately)

Search plants – select this button to query the plant records

Select plants – use the tool at the upper left to draw a box around a group of points; click to activate tool (in Firefox, double click).





Information about selected plants (yellow points) will be displayed below the map.  If you “click here” for “more info”, you will open the corresponding on-line plant collections page.  The “zoom to” map opens in a new window, showing you the location of that particular specimen.


Note:  You can only be in one map mode at a time.  In browse, queries don’t work.  If you are identifying a point, the zoom won’t work; However, the zoom does function when querying the plants records.


Select background – you can turn the aerial photos on or off

Layers – other selected layers will be drawn on top of the background.

The grid appears when you are zoomed in

Select query term – the drop down menu lets you choose from various

search options; after you select a search term, the choices for that term will be loaded into the blank box on the right.  Either double click on the number/name/etc you are searching for, or choose a search item and click “refresh map”

Layers and query terms:



Plants selected by your query will be displayed in bright green.  Queries resulting in multiple results will generate a table you can export to excel (scroll to the bottom of the table)


Click on “printable map” at the lower left to get a pdf of your current display


Questions and comments should be directed to:

jmcbride@mortonarb.org  Thanks for trying this out!  Jenny