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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SIFT and TERF Winter Weekend

After the TERF symposium, the TERFers headed out to Shaw Nature Reserve to spend the night as part of the SIFT winter weekend. This gave the SIFTers a chance to talk to the TERFers, but also gave the TERFers a chance to hang out all together one last time.

First off was the dinner with scientists, where the TERFers were one of the rotations. Other guest scientists also attended.

Dr. Catrina Adams, a former paleoethnobotanist who is now director of education for the Botanical Society of America
Dr. Raelene Crandall, a fire ecologist and post-doctoral researcher at WUSTL
The TERFers sharing their experiences with SIFTers
Then came the fun and games.

Some SIFTers highjacked Susan's camera to take a selfie.

While the SIFTers went on a night hike, the TERFers spent the evening sitting in circles.

In the morning, the TERFers went out for a hike of their own.

Clayton and Adam reenacting when a tree almost fell on them in the Tyson Forest Plot.
 They skipped rocks on the Meramec River...

...found the Shaw cave...

...and climbed a bluff...

...until Susan said it was too high.

Then they took some group shots before heading back.

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