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.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
On Saturday, February 28 SIFTers learned about the use of prescribed fire for land management. James Trager taught how to assess weather and wind conditions, and the plant matter and area of the unit to be burned. Several inches of snow fell immediately after our small controlled burn, leaving the unit safely put out.