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Fighting the fire ant – As a citizen scientist – Years 4-8 (Stage 3, Stage 4, Teacher, Parent)

On Demand
Join this session to learn how to get involved as a citizen scientist to identify, report and protect NSW from the Red imported fire ant.


Red imported fire ants (fire ants) are invasive exotic ants that have been detected in Murwillumbah in northern NSW (November 2023). Before this, fire ants were not known to occur in NSW.
Fire ants are very aggressive ants that give very painful, severe stings that feel like being on fire. Fire ants have the potential to inhabit more than 99% of Australia.  Fire ants can damage electrical and agricultural equipment, pets and livestock, kill native plants and animals, and damage ecosystems beyond repair. They will have disastrous consequences for our environment, society, culture and economy if they become established.
Join this session to hear from a DPI ant specialist to learn:
  • How to identify Red imported fire ants
  • How to identify fire ant mounds
  • How to report sightings
  • Detection science
  • Impact on the society, environment, agriculture and our culture
  • How to get involved as a citizen scientist in fire ant prevention


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand (available until: 31-Dec-2025 11:30PM)

Delivery Platform

Teams, Youtube Recording


40 Minutes





Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Science and Tech » Working Scientifically and Design and Production » Living World

Other KLAs

HSIE » Geography » People, Places and Environments of the World (Stage 3 - Year 5 and 6)

HSIE » Geography » People, Places, Environments and Management (Stage 4 - Year 7 and 8)

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Technology and Materials Requirements

Mandatory technology requirements:

  • Computer
  • Internet access

Pre Event Requirements

Use the worksheet and answer guide for students to answer whilst listening to the webinar. Download it from: https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/fireants-secondary

Post Event Requirements

For supplementary Primary science  and geography classroom resources and information on conducting fire ant surveillance in your school and community go to: https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/investigate-fireants



More Information About This Event

Find the NSW DPI Schools Programs’ whole suite of learning resources, careers promotion, student events and Teacher Professional Development opportunities at:  https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/


If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: NSW Department of Primary Industries

Phone: 02 6391 3057

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.nswdpi-schools-program.com/

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