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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Third and Final SIFT Prairie Work Day


 On July 16th, the Tyson Prairie Team led their third and final SIFT Prairie work day. Some of the participating SIFTers are veterans when it comes to plant sorting, whereas a few were new to the whole process. Uber-TERFers Alex Samuels, Brendan Hellebusch, and Taylor Rohan organized the work day and taught the new helpers the techniques.

Adam Reiter and Mo Vanacht recording the mass of their sample.

These SIFTers were so determined and hard working that they were able to help the Prairie Team finish the last of their biomass sampling. Once all the work for the day was done, the SIFTers were given a tour of the experimental prairies and Tyson Research Center were they learned more about the work that goes on here.

The plant sorting team of Maddie Herries and Courtney Vishy.
 
SIFTers not pictured: Virginia Lee and Jonathon Winkler

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