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, July 28, 2014

SIFT and TERF Alumni Weekend 2014 - Part 1

This past weekend, SIFT and TERF alumni from all cohorts were invited to participate in the first-ever Alumni Weekend at Tyson and Shaw.

On Saturday, July 26, we started at Tyson so alumni who hadn't been back in a while had a chance to see the updates and new buildings, and then we went to Shaw for field activities and an overnight.

The whole group

And a silly picture indicating what it looks like to spot something fantastic in the field
Since we had people from every cohort, we started with a game of BINGO with facts about people as an icebreaker.

When we got to Shaw, Lydia explained what was going to happen next (just like old times!).

Of course there's going to be a challenge course. So everyone split into teams.

Some teams chose to ride the Wilderness Wagon to start, which dropped them off at Bascom House.

George Garner's team ran the entire way, making for a very sweaty finish to the challenge course.

One team took extra long to get back. (Just like on Day 1 of SIFT!) We welcomed them with a round of applause.

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