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School of Ants USA

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Goal Study where ants live and what they eat
Task Build your kit. Catch your ants. Send them to us!
Where United States of America

Anyone can participate! Learn how to create your own sampling kit, sample your backyard or schoolyard, and get our collection back to us so that we can ID the ants and add your species list to the big School of Ants map. Together we'll map ant diversity and species ranges across North America!

How to Join Click the "Request to join" button on this page to instantly notify the project leader of your interest!

Thank you for your interest in participating in the School of Ants! We have made a short video showing how easy it is to collect and submit your samples. You can watch it here.

We are accepting samples from anywhere in the United States. Right now we are prioritizing samples from Florida, though we will be processing samples from elsewhere too, just more slowly. Forgive our speed, science takes time (as does glueing each ant onto a tiny, tiny, pin to identify them).

NOTE TO TEACHERS: It can often take several months for us to get results back to participants. We know this doesn't always fit in well with your classroom schedule. We have an alternative for you! Explore topics of diet, food types, food quality, and ant diversity with your students. Designed by a former teacher, this three-day teaching module is a great complement or alternative to the School of Ants project. Learn More!

Go head and team up with the School of Ants to discover what ants live in these three cities! Read on to see how to get started:

FIRST: make your own ant sampling kit from household materials. Click the Join button to indicate your interest in joining this project.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, On a hike
Training Materials
Class Materials
Tags ants
Project Updated 05/30/2017