Maps and plans have been used for centuries as place making tools in archi tecture and planning. More recently, mapping techniques have been used to assess people's use and image of environments so that future plans can better respond to user needs. Yet rarely has environmental mapping been used to engage users directly in the design and planning process or to assist communi ty residents in controlling their everyday environments. This paper will present several mapping techniques drawn from fields such as environmental planning and environmental psychology (Ittelaon et. al., 1974). These mapping methods have been successfully used in participatory settings to encourage users and community residents in planning and controlling resi dential, neighborhood and community spaces. How participatory mapping tech niques can be used by non-professionals will be presented and the role of the environmental designer and researcher in the mapping process will be examined.