I love citizen science projects, and this one looks like a great project for teachers!
The School of Ants project is a citizen-scientist driven study of the ants that live in urban areas, particularly around homes and schools. Collection kits are available to anyone interested in participating. Teachers, students, parents, kids, junior-scientists, senior citizens and enthusiasts of all stripes are involved in collecting ants in schoolyards and backyards using a standardized protocol so that we can make detailed maps of the wildlife that lives just outside our doorsteps.
They are not accepting new applications until Sept. 1, but teachers can email and ask special-like.
Can’t wait? Here are some other insect Citizen-Science projects:
- The Lost Ladybug Project
- Firefly Watch
- Sunflower Bee Counts
- Nature’s Notebook (a project of the National Phenology Network)