There have been several water quality monitoring projects this summer, both at Shaw Nature Reserve and at Forest Park. Students practiced the skills in evaluating biotic and abiotic factors they learned during the week of field training, and learned new skills like measuring water velocity and using a kick net.
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.