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Fast Facts: What are Picture Posts? A volunteer takes a photo at a picture post overlooking a salt marsh.

CRV is working with local salt marsh natural areas to install Picture Posts, which are fixed points that volunteers visit regularly to take pictures. Photographs taken at these fixed locations build up a long-term record of changes over time. Our Picture Posts in Hampton Falls and Seabrook are part of a nationwide network of Picture Posts, with volunteers all over the country contributing photo data.


Volunteer Description: What do Picture Post volunteers do?

Volunteer Experience: Anyone can take a photo at a Picture Post and upload it using the Picture Post website or app. CRV is setting up a volunteer schedule for our Picture Posts to make sure that we obtain at least one photograph per week. Volunteers will attend a brief training, and then they will be able to sign up online to make sure that at least one photo is taken each week at each site.

Time Frame: Once you’ve been trained and downloaded the Picture Post app, volunteering is as easy as snapping a picture! If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t worry: it’s just as easy to take photos with a digital camera and upload them to the Picture Post website.

Project Impacts: Picture Post photos will be used in a few ways. First, UNH is providing the photos to a local middle school for a new project to engage students in evaluating salt marsh health. Second, photos will be available to the public online as part of the global Picture Post database. Finally, photos are available for UNH researchers to monitor locally important salt marsh ecosystems.

Qualifications: Interest in visiting local natural areas and contributing to a long-term photographic dataset


  • Meet people from your community with similar interests
  • Learn about local, publicly accessible natural areas you can visit
  • Contribute to a long-term photographic dataset to help observe change over time in our local natural areas

Questions? For more information or to volunteer with the Coastal Research Volunteers' Picture Posts, contact Wells.


Upcoming Opportunities: Join our Picture Post effort!

Anyone can participate in Picture Post! Check out our Hampton Falls and Seabrook posts, contact Wells if you have any questions, and sign up for our monthly email newsletter to learn about upcoming volunteer training sessions.


Learn More: Links, resources, and partner organizations

Check out the global map of all Picture Post locations, view the most recently uploaded Picture Post photos, read this online profile of the early days of the Picture Post program, and learn about some other Picture Posts you can visit in New Hampshire.


Volunteer Resources

Instruction sheet for Cains Brook-Mill Creek Picture Post (Seabrook)

Instruction sheet for Depot Road Picture Post (Hampton Falls)


A camera balances on top of a picture post overlooking a salt marsh.


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