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.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tyson Welcomes the July TERFers

Without any hesitation, the July TERFers jumped into work with the Tyson Community. On Monday morning the four July TERFers met Susan and myself in the LLC for a brief introduction and welcome to Tyson. Being such a small group, it didn't take long for everyone to get acquainted  to one another.

Susan going over contact info with the July TERFers, 
Tom Hogancamp, Alex Ford, Noah Feur, and Kathleen Endicott.

The morning began with introductions and ice breakers to get everyone comfortable with each other. From there we gave out the TERFers binders, field guides, and Tyson water bottles. Susan went over the binder contents with them and what the expectations are for the work they will be doing. Once that was all explained, it was off for the Tour de Tyson Challenge! 

As a part of the Tour de Tyson Challenge, the TERFers had to learn more 
about the Living Learning Center and what it means to be a certified living buillding.

These TERFers became acquainted with the layout of Tyson with the help of their "scavenger hunt" to all of the facilities and major research sites.

Tom Hogancamp in the Headquarters kitchen/classroom reading off the clue 
for the next location.

TERFers in the main office as they leave a note saying "Hi from the 
July TERFers" for Tyson Associate Director Dr. Kevin Smith.

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