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.

Monday, June 16, 2014

SIFT Training Week 2014 - Day 1

This week a new batch of SIFTers is coming out to Shaw Nature Reserve for training. Their first day was packed full of events. It began with an orientation and icebreakers, then discussion about field safety and a presentation on what field biology means.

After lunch, the SIFTers learned how to use a compass, GPS units, and topographic maps in preparation for their challenge course. They were sent out in small groups to find their way around Shaw and accomplish certain tasks along the way.

At the end of the day, they all met back up at the Trail House for discussion about how the challenge course went. It seemed like everyone had a good time!

A group explaining how they collaborated on the challenge course

Exhausted, but listening attentively

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