The SIFT and TERF programs have been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) in recognition of promoting environmental education in Missouri.
Over the past six years, more than 260 students from 57 different
high schools have participated in scientific exploration of the natural
world through the SIFT and TERF programs.
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.