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Northern CA PPSR Projects 1

Welcome to our ongoing effort to catalog citizen science and other public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects for UC California Naturalists and other citizen scientists.  We invite you to browse the listed projects or enter key words (like birds, youth, invasive, coast, Alameda, etc.) in the search box above to find projects in your area. It's a great way to stay involved and keep developing your skills as a natural scientist!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date. We encourage you to contact projects directly to get involved and learn about most recent opportunities. If you work with a listed project and would like to add to, update, or correct the information we have, please email Also, please consider filling out the "PPSR perspectives" survey. Click here to access the survey, which will help guide this project in the coming year.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

Special thanks goes to the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program and the Stephen J. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for supporting this database of projects.

Urban Ant Collector

Organization Name
AntWeb - California Academy of Science
Organization Website
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information

For participation, activities and submission of data is facilitated through ODK app.
For questions regarding AntWeb, please contact Brian L. Fisher at the California Academy of Sciences,

Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Record data that will help researchers advance our understanding of biodiversity and our planet. Ants are incredible, especially because they act as a special "keystone" species that can indicate just how healthy and diverse all the plants and animals are. 

Participant Activities

Each time you find an ant in a new location, you'll use the Urban Ant Collector android app to:

  1. Photograph the ant
  2. Enter basic information on the ant's location
  3. Enter basic information about yourself, the collector
  4. Create a collection number for mailing a sample specimen to the California Academy of Sciences
Data Entry
  • Website
  • Cell Phone
  • Collection Kits
Other Participant Activities

Volunteers can enroll in an Ant Course

System Studied
  • Invertebrates
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
Anywhere you see an ant
Location - Map
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications

Volunteers need to have an Android phone and will need to go to the Android Marketplace and search for and install the "ODK Collect" app.

Volunteer Training

Further education about ant's available, but not required for participation

Cost to Participant

Must have android phone and be able to download ant collector app.

How will the findings be used?
Other Information

The Urban Ant Collector app is an Android app that allows you to collect and record data just like a professional scientist. It uses Open Data Kit, a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions.

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If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check

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