It’s easy to be a citizen scientist. See our intro video for information on the project set up and data collection…..

Here in Australia we’re interested in knowing what type of food ants prefer at this time of year in both green and paved areas. There are 3 main steps involved…..

Participating is Easy! There is just 3 simple steps


Sampling Ants

SAMPLING ANTS for the School of Ants involves being outdoors!

What a joy to learn outside!

You will put different types of food in green spaces (lawns, gardens, forest) and paved places (asphalt, concrete, cobblestone) for one hour on a warm day. We want to know what ants discover the baits in these green and paved areas. Collecting the samples takes approximately one hour. No prior experience with ants is necessary (but it helps to know which ones sting) – just an interest in participating in science!

Click here to download the instructions and data sheet now


Recording Data

RECORDING DATA is an important part of any scientific endeavour, so you’ll record your data when you are collecting your ants and enter this information into the space provided on the instruction sheet. Make sure you are as accurate and precise as possible about the information you record on these sheets as all data collection must be standardised to be able to be used in our research.

School of Ants food bait cards remain out on the ground for ONE HOUR.



Submitting Your Samples

SUBMITTING YOUR SAMPLES is easy! After you have completed the ant sampling and completed all your data recording, pop your bagged ants in the freezer and the next day remove the food baits before sending your ziplock bags full of ants and cards AND the data sheets to the identification centre at the address below:

Dr Kirsti Abbott. School of ANTS

Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law

Engineering Building (W21)

University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351

Our Team will identify the ants you send and incorporate your data into maps of backyard biodiversity from this project.

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