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Ant field foray on Block Island with The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF interns

Aaron’s enthusiasm was infectious and he wore his learning lightly; he could relate detailed knowledge at a level we could grasp. His subject knowledge is impressive, yet he readily acknowledged any gaps; both are marks of expertise!

Aaron is a really fun teacher. He obviously loves the interplay with all the students.

Anonymous reviews of the 2021 World of Ants short-course

We offer in-person and online presentations and workshops about ants to audiences of all levels, from pre-K through lifelong learners, and from hobbyists and enthusiasts through professional scientists and natural-resource managers.

Contact us today to schedule a presentation or workshop!

Past Short-courses, Workshops, and Field Surveys

  • October 5–19. 5-session (10-hour) online short-course, The World of Ants: Natural History, Cultural History, and Research Perspectives at the Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, Maine [ flier | background reading ]
  • August 20–27. Ant survey of Mt. Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine
  • July 14–20. 6-day short-course on ecology and identification of the ants of New England at the Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, Maine
  • July 9–13. Ant survey of the Traveler Range, Baxter State Park, Maine
  • April 13. Workshop on identifying the ant genera of Northeast North America at the annual Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • February 17. Workshop on Designing, publishing, and marketing field guides: from paper to apps at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science, Boston, Massachusetts
  • August 23. Ant ID session with Passumpsic Naturalists, Lyndonville, Vermont
  • July 11–13, 2012: Collecting on Block Island, RI with The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF interns
  • July 10–15. 6-day short-course on ecology and identification of the ants of New England at the Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben, Maine

Past presentations

  • May 27. Ant talk, book-signing, and field walk at Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wachusetts Sanctuary
  • October 24. Research seminar on ants at the University of New Hampshire, Department of Biology
  • October 20. Ant talk and book-signing at the Bedford Garden Club, Bedford, New Hampshire
  • July 10. Talk, field walk, and book-signing at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
  • May 22. Talk and book-signing at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), Quechee, Vermont
  • May 17. Picnic and ant identification session with the Ant Girls of Maine, the Maine Entomological Society, and the Junior Naturalists of the Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary. This event was part of ANT FARM: a multi-media collaborative exhibition merging art and science inspired by Leafcutter ants, at the Atrium Gallery of the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College, Lewiston, Maine
  • May 6. Keynote lecture (The ants of New England: where are the red wood ants?) at Ants & Geology / Tectonics Statistics & Geogenic Gases workshop, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • May 5. Keynote lecture (Applying statistics to ant assemblages: challenges and opportunities) at Ants & Statistics workshop, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany
  • April 17. Talk about ants in STEM education as part of the Professional Development Seminars of the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • February 26. Talk and book-signing at the Garden Club of the Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
  • November 14. Talk and book-signing as part of the Yale Peabody Museum’s John H. Ostrom Natural History Lecture series, New Haven, Connecticut
  • November 1. Keynote lecture on New England ant biogeography at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative
  • September 7. Field walk, talk, and book-signing at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, Hancock, New Hampshire
  • August 6. Demonstration and book-signing of the Field Guide at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • July 25. Ants in Royalston at the Phinehas S. Newton Library, Royalston, Massachusetts
  • July 24. Ant foray at the Eternal River School, Barre, Massachusetts
  • June 22. Ant foray at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • June 20. Ant field foray, talk, and book-signing with the Farmscape Ecology Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, New York
  • June 19. Ant field foray, talk and book-signing at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany, New York 
  • May 24. Talk and book-signing at Bruce’s Browser bookstore, Athol, Massachusetts
  • February 28. Talk and book-signing at Dartmouth College’s Institute for Lifelong Education, Hanover, New Hampshire
  • December 3. Talk and book-signing at the Harvard Forest, Petersham, Massachusetts
  • December 2. Talk and book-signing at New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts
  • November 29. Talk and book-signing at Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History, Geology Lecture Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • November 13. Poster and book-signing at the 2012 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • November 7. Talk and book-signing at the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
  • October 26. Local authors talk and book-signing at the Phinehas S. Newton Library, Royalston, Massachusetts
  • August 8. Talk and book-plate (prepublication) signing at the 2012 meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, Oregon
  • July 14. Ant foray at Fort Barton, Tiverton, Rhode Island
  • July 7. Ant foray with the Athol Bird and Nature Club, Athol, Massachusetts
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