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Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials no


Required Gear:

Participants assemble a Do-It-Yourself collecting kit using Pecan Sandies cookies, index cards, and small sandwich bags. Instructions here: http://www.schoolofants.org/participate

ALLERGY WARNING! Pecan Sandies cookies contain pecans, wheat, egg and whey. If participants are concerned about allergies, we recommend using shortbread cookies instead.


School of Ants


Help researchers learn about native and introduced urban ants.
Collect and mail in ants.

The School of Ants project is a citizen science study of the ants that live in urban areas, particularly around homes and schools.

Teachers, students, parents, kids, junior-scientists, senior citizens and enthusiasts of all stripes collect ants in schoolyards and backyards using a standardized Do-It-Yourself collection kit (involving Pecan Sandies cookies and index cards!) Participants send in their ants and our team of ant experts identify the ants and map their biodiversity around the US.

Thanks to the many School of Ant participants we’re already starting to get a much better picture of the native and introduced ants with whom we share our backyards and sidewalks.




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