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Free online ecomaps

Visualize a person’s social relationships and environmental background with Canva’s free ecomap maker. Use our whiteboard templates, infinite canvas, and visual tools to create an ecomap that navigates connections clearly.
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Create an ecomap online

Easily make a visual representation of the social and environmental factors that may be affecting a person’s life. Our free ecomap maker helps you establish connections and dynamics that family, society, and community contribute to an individual using visual elements from our rich media library. Invite your team and create an ecomap online using free templates and various collaboration tools and features on Canva Whiteboards.

Infinite space made for unlimited ideas

Professionally designed templates to fast-track your workflow

Share and ideate with anyone, anytime, on any device

Run a workshop with whiteboard elements, sticky notes, and a timer

Embed your ecomap in Docs, presentations, and more easily

Easy online whiteboard tools and data visualization

How to make an ecomap

How to make an ecomap
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Open Canva on your desktop or mobile and search for “Ecomap” to start a whiteboard design.

Browse through our collection of free ecomap templates and choose your design. Alternatively, start from scratch with a blank ecomap template.

Start by putting your subject’s name in the graph. Then, plot their relationships with family and friends by adding names to other sections and connecting them with lines and arrows.

Customize your ecomap by changing its size, colors, and fonts. Drag and drop design elements like icons or stickers from our media library, or sketch them by hand with the Draw tool.

Invite your team to work on and refine your ecomap. Use the timer, drop comments, and add stickies. Once done, download your whiteboard, present it in meetings, or embed it on Canva Docs.
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What is an ecomap?

An ecomap is a graphical representation of the personal and social relationships between an individual or family and their environment. However, this chart goes beyond merely identifying biological relationships — it also takes external connections (and the quality of said connections) such as friendships, clubs, or institutions into consideration.

Why use ecomaps?

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Often used by counselors, social workers, and nurses, ecomaps can help assess an individual’s family dynamics and community connections. They reveal which relationships may benefit from support and which bonds appear solid.

Additionally, they’re used to identify stressors or causes of anxiety and depression. With ecomaps, you can better navigate a person’s relationships and construct an effective plan for intervention or treatment.

Map out connections clearly

Customize Canva whiteboard Ecomap template

Your client’s relationships may be complicated, but mapping them out doesn’t have to be. Canva Whiteboards has a collection of ecomap templates that are free to use and customize. Choose a design example to get started quickly. With Canva, you can skip the learning curve and focus on what really matters: getting valuable insights and information into a person’s existing relationships.

Use lines and shapes

Use lines and shapes in your Ecomap diagram

When creating an ecomap diagram, use various symbols, shapes, and lines to show interconnections and relationship dynamics. Add them to your whiteboard by going to the Elements tab. Click on Shapes or Lines and choose a design that works best for your needs. Shape Assist lets you modify your shapes, lines, and arrows to establish how strong or weak a relationship is in your ecomaps.

Add style to your data

Drag and drop elements to design your Ecomap

Professional-looking ecomaps don’t have to be boring. Spruce up your design with fun elements to make it more engaging. From Canva’s curated media library, you can add graphics, images, icons, and more to your ecomap. Play around with fonts and color palettes to find the perfect combination that matches your client’s personality. Use Text to Image(opens in a new tab or window) or Draw(opens in a new tab or window) to get your vision across.

Work with your team

Share access to your Ecomap whiteboard with your team

Creating an ecomap requires a collaborative effort. Share access to your whiteboard with your team and watch them make edits in real time. Brainstorm ideas on sticky notes(opens in a new tab or window) or ask for input and resources by tagging team members in comments. And with your whiteboard’s infinite canvas, you and your team will never run out of space to work on and refine your ecomap.

Start inspired with an ecomap template

Visually navigate a person’s many and sometimes complex relationships. Customize free ecomap templates from Canva and let shapes, images, colors, fonts, and more unravel connections and influences. Choose from our ecomap examples to get started with your whiteboard design.
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Frequently Asked Questions

When creating an ecomap, make sure to have your subject’s name in the center of the graph. Put down the relationships, environments, and external factors in different circles around the subject, connecting them with lines and arrows that depict the quality of the bonds. Thick, solid lines often denote strong, positive connections, while lines with hatch marks indicate stressful relationships.

On your whiteboard, you’re free to edit your text in various ways to ensure it aligns with your specific vision. Use Canva’s text tools to change the font type, size, color, emphasis, alignment, spacing, and transparency. You can start applying changes by selecting the text box you wish to edit and clicking on the format options in the toolbar.

Yes, you can edit and save your ecomap as much as you like. Your whiteboard is automatically saved in your account, so you access and revise it whenever inspiration strikes — on any device, wherever you are.

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Navigate social and personal connections with ecomaps