Stuff I Can Do
Where to Begin?
Citizen Science Academy
Learn about using Picture Posts and related citizen science programs in educational settings. Low-cost online courses are offered several times a year by the Chicago Botanical Garden.See More
iBook: Monitoring Environmental Change with iPads
Available from iTunes, this iBook explains everything about using Picture Posts with students including analyzing data in pictures, and is a great reference for anyone who wants to plan and begin a Picture Post project. Authored by Apple Distinguished Educator and award-winning environmental science teacher, Nick LaFave, we are pleased to share this exciting resource.Get the iBook
Plant Monitoring Activities
Plan and take repeated photographs for citizen science projects. Capture events, monitor a local park, a wetland, a riverbank, or even plants in the backyard!
- Adopt a Leaf - Record the opening of leaves or flowers in the spring: use dormant twigs to learn more about phenology.
- Adopt a Tree Diameter (DBH) - Measure the changing diameter of one or more trees.
- Adopt a Canopy - Capture the seasonal changes in percent leaf cover in a forest canopy.
- Adopt a Climate Change Indicator - Track the timing of seasonal changes in greenness in existing pictures.
- Adopt a Season - Record the changing fall colors in deciduous trees.
- Set up a Phenology Walk - Set up a site to highlight seasonal changes, aka - phenology, in plants.
Companion Programs - Let's do science together!
We know that many of you like to participate in many citizen science programs. Here is a short list of those that complement Picture Post.
DEW Picture Analysis Tools
DEW has created a software bundle, learning guides, and help videos about color, light, and pixels, and how to use these to analyze features in digital images.Get DEW Software Bundle
Included in the Software Bundle
- Color Basics
Color plays an important role in the information contained in digital images. How well do you understand color?
- Digital Image Basics
Learn about the concepts behind digital image analysis and try out the features of the Analyzing Digital Images program.
- Analyzing Digital Images (ADI)
Use ADI to measure spatial features in pictures such as length and area, to do color analysis to highlight spectral features, and measure change in two or more images.
Apply analysis tools to movies.
- ForestAnalysis (included in ADI)
Select an area in the USA and explore how Old Growth forests have changed. How has the forest cover changed in your region or at the location of your Picture Post?