ADMAC Outreach: Youth Teaching Youth Ant Outing

Youth Teaching Youth high school students out on an ant adventure. Photo by Linda Gillis.
Youth Teaching Youth high school students out on an ant adventure. Photo by Linda Gillis.

Last Saturday Project ADMAC went ant hunting with a great group of high school students enrolled in the Youth Teaching Youth program. The YTY program, run by Linda Gillis and the Natural History Museum of Utah, endeavors to expose young students to science and to empower participants to teach what they have learned to the next generation. During Saturday’s outing, Jack Longino and I lead an inquisitive group of students on a hike behind the natural history museum and into the wilds of the Wasatch. Over the course of several hours, we documented 11 different ant species, including such wonders as Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, the western harvester ant, and Camponotus vicinus, a common carpenter ant. The students learned about general ant biology and how to observe their local ant fauna. The outing was a great success and a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who came along for the adventure.

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