Things got off to a quick start as students packed up for a full day in the field. First, we packed equipment and took the wilderness wagon off to Wolf Run Lake. Students collected and identified macroinvertebrates and ran the water quality chemical tests they practiced earlier in the week. After lunch at the Trailhouse, we hiked down to Brush Creek to repeat the biotic and abiotic testing. At the end of the day, students worked in groups to report their data and discussed the health of the two bodies of water.
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.