Partnered Programs Engaging Teens in Authentic Field Research
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.
On Monday, June 2, the first group of TERFers joined us at Tyson! They spent the morning learning about Tyson, both in the classroom and out in the field as they visited important sites during the Tour de Tyson Challenge.
Hard at work during the Tour de Tyson Challenge
They even found a turtle!
Group photo at the high point of Tyson
In the afternoon, they met their mentors and teammates to begin learning about the research they'll be doing for the next month. We're so excited to have them here!