Antdude asked me to reference a recent post I made on my own website here (rather, I assume Ant is Antdude).
If you live in or near the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in ants, insects and science in general there are a few exciting programs for you.
Obviously I am most interested in the Bay Area Ant survey project. I've been taking samples on hikes or walks around the Bay Area to send it. One of the best parts of this program is getting your specimens uploaded to Ant Web.
The goals of this particular project are:
The Academy will provide you with kits that include collection materials and a data sheet to fill out and submit with the specimens you send in. You can get your kits from the Naturalist Center inside of the Academy of Sciences.