Counting Ants

Hey, everybody! I have a fun project. It can be done by one person or a scout troop. It can be done by a class at school or a family. The School of Ants is looking for citizen-scientists to help in their study of ants. And it is so easy to do. I immediately thought it would be a great project for a kid trying to get a good grade in science.

The School of Ants project needs people like us to help them create detailed lists and maps of urban areas where ants live. They especially want  ants collected around schools and homes.

It is thought that more than 30,000 different species of ants exist throughout the world. Only a little more than one third of them have been described and named.

So if you or your group or school would like to participate, send for the collecting kit from the School of Ants. It's free. It has everything you will need to help you collect the ants in the area you choose. The only thing you need to provide is a freezer to keep the ants in until you send them to the School of Ants.

Once you have done your part, the School of Ants will take a look at the ants you send them. They will identify the ants and let you know what kinds of ants you found. Who knows? You might find a new species.

There are a couple of links below to help you out. Send for your kit right away. Happy hunting.


Track Ants in Your Neighborhood
School of Ants


  1. ...and those children will never forget what they learn . As adults, they will sound like experts to their own someday . I hope a lot of urban dwellers take up this important project.

  2. Is this worldwide or just for the States??? I think my youngest Nephew would love to do this.

  3. It's good of both of you to stop by. Thepowmill, I agree with you completely. Allotments4you, as far as I can tell, it's a world-wide program. There are ants all over the world after all. If you sign uo, let us know how it goes.


  4. All those ants and no uncles. LOL This sounds fun to do, I have a neighbor boy who has been studying them for a few years.

  5. Hi, Out on the Prairie. Is your neighbor taking part in this study? I really would like some feedback from someone who is doing it. Thanks for stopping by.



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