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.

Monday, July 20, 2009

July Group Highlights

While each research team goes its own way in the field, there are several opportunities for the TERF group, as well as all of the staff and researchers at Tyson, to reconvene. One of them is the Natural History Session and July is off to a wonderful start.

The first Natural History Session on July 9th was led by staff ecological technician Travis Mohrman. The subject was Wilderness Survival and above, he shares his knowledge with the TERF teens.

The second Natural History Session on July 16th was a tour of the neighboring Wild Canid Center that most Tysonians see every day, but usually don't get to explore. Here, two TERF teens and two undergrads try to spot Mexican wolves in one of the sanctuary's expansive enclosures.

In addition to the beautiful, cooler weather, July's second week was particularly sweet because there were two reasons to celebrate.

The first was TERF teen Crystal's birthday. Above, she carves the cake we provided as an end-of-day surprise.

The second was a grant awarded to Dr. Jon Chase, Dr. Brian Allan and another research collaborator. The funding will support tick research, so the researchers decided to celebrate with red velvet cupcakes in the likeness of engorged ticks.

All in a day's work...

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