Atlas Overview

Image shows front cover of student atlas titled California: A Changing State. Cover shows map of California with icons representing recognizable features of the state.

We are happy to announce the availability of a completely updated and improved version of this popular resource! Thanks to Harry Johnson for the cartography and Sebastian Sindermann for the page design and layout work. We are especially grateful to the National Geographic Society and the California Global Education Project for support of this update.

Jump to the table of contents by clicking here. Note that you can view the maps in your internet browser, but if you download the pdf files and open them in Adobe Acrobat, you can turn on an overlay that will show the county names and boundaries on any individual map (more info on pdf layers here).

You can also download a complete copy of the atlas here then save the file locally or make it available in a content management system. Note that the linked file is large (92 MB) and may take a long time to download depending on your internet speed.

The atlas titled “California: A Changing State” is a standards-based teaching resource developed by the CGA.  Designed for a fourth grade audience, the 50-page atlas includes over 100 original maps, diagrams and tables, including information about how to understand and use maps.  While aligned with fourth grade standards, the atlas may be useful as a reference work for many other grade levels.

The atlas was originally created with support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, S.D. Bechtel Junior Foundation – Stephen Bechtel Fund and the National Geographic Education Foundation.