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 8, 2015

June TERF Day 1

Today the June TERFers arrived at Tyson! Despite having to wake up early, they were bright-eyed and eager to start their internship. They were troopers about sitting for a while to go over the new TERF guide containing directions, instructions, and policies for their time here, and then they knocked out the Tour de Tyson Challenge designed to get them familiar with key locations on the property.

One of the Challenge locations was the Mincke Quarry Cave, where we found this salamander!
(Left to right) Ciara Shaffer, Elizabeth Poor, Jolena Pang, Bailee Warsing, Katie Buatois, and Megan Kerr taking a group picture at the Tyson high point as a Challenge task.
In the afternoon, the TERFers met with their research teams, and everyone seemed to hit it off. It's shaping up to be a good month, and we hope the TERFers are as excited about it as we are. Welcome to Tyson, June TERFers!

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