The SIFTers got to experience and investigate Shaw Nature Reserve in a very different way by staying overnight on Day 4.
8:15 Prepare for night hike
8:30 Night hike - SIFTers divided into two groups (James/Aileen, Tim)
9:45 Black light insect viewing - insect identification (James)
10:00 Campfire and S'mores - Sharing session, SIFTers go around circle to thank someone and rate their experience so far (Aileen)
11:00 Lights out
Listening to frog calls
James identifies EVERY insect attracted to the light
An overnight out in the field would not be complete without a campfire and S'mores...
This educational collaboration between Washington University's Tyson Research Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve is designed to engage St. Louis area high school students in scientifically-based exploration of the natural world. Linked programs of field training (SIFT) and field research (TERF) provide teenagers with experiences that realistically reflect research in environmental biology. Participating teens learn a variety of field investigation skills and then have the opportunity to put those new skills to work assisting career scientists with real research projects.