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.

Friday, October 24, 2008

GIS Training at Wash U

The SIFTers spent some time indoors for a change during the weekend of August 9th and 10th. Three separate 3-hour GIS training sessions were offered in the computer lab at the Natural Sciences Learning Center in the Biology Department at Washington University.

Dr. Bob Coulter, director of the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, instructed the SIFTers on the basics of geographical information systems and showed how they can be useful in environmental research.





























SIFT Saturday in September

So, it's been quite a while since I blogged. Life has a way of happening, you know? Anyway, I'll try to catch up. Those SIFTers have been quite busy!

Saturday, September 27 was our first all-SIFTer event and we brought teens from both summer sessions together at Shaw Nature Reserve. Aileen pulled out all sorts of things from her bag of tricks (a rubber chicken?!) and everyone got acquainted.





























The afternoon was spent out in the field and we could not have asked for better weather. These SIFTers have some mad field skillz!

Monarch butterfly tagging...




























Seed collecting...






































































Marking GPS points...