about us

animalia project is committed to building a better world for all of us.  Weaving science and education with hands-on work, we invite exploration of the world around us and the connections that sustain us. 

We offer public workshops, professional conferences, walking tours and creative tools that focus on understanding climate science, sustainability, community connections and real-world solutions.

animalia project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

our name

The name animalia project comes from the Latin word for animal.  Humans, dogs, cats, squirrels, owls, swallows and other critters are members of the Animal Kingdom, known to biologists as Kingdom Animalia. Our work here is focused on creating a better world for all of us in the animal kingdom.


Susan Ask, founder and director

(photo by joe mazza / brave lux)

Susan is an ecologist and educator who has migrated between research and education–  working as a university Extension agent, conservation land manager and field ecologist– since receiving an M.E.S. in ecosystem science and management from Yale University.  Contact: ask ~at~ animaliaproject ~dot~ org



soil hands susan ask animalia project

(photo by joe mazza / brave lux)

Many hands make light work!  Volunteers help animalia project fulfill its mission.  From staffing information tables, to sharing photos, to fixing technological troubles– volunteers are the foundation of our work.  Thank you to our volunteers!  Find out how you can get involved.



All photographs on this site were made without harassing, feeding, trapping, cornering, baiting, waking or hollering at wildlife.  No photo is worth causing harm.  Find out more here.

If you are interested in using a photograph, please contact Susan Ask:  ask ~at~ animaliaproject ~dot~ org   and find out more here.

contact us

animalia project is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Our mailing address is 1770 W. Berteau Ave, unit 404, Chicago IL  60613

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