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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SIFT Training Week - Day 3 (Aquatic Day!)

The third day of the SIFT training week was focused on aquatic systems. The group visited Wolf Run Lake in the morning and Brush Creek in the afternoon. They performed water quality tests at the sites and sampled for organisms in the habitat, recording richness (number of species) and abundance (number of individuals of each species) in their field notebooks. They used these numbers and the species they found to predict whether the systems were healthy or polluted. 


Netting for small organisms

Water quality testing

Conducting water quality testing in the creek


Our mode of transportation - the "Large Barge"

After most of the day outdoors, we returned to the Overnight Center where students prepared their presentations on the results of their testing. 

Good news -- everyone agreed that both aquatic systems are healthy!


Students presenting their data

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