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 14, 2017

SIFT Training Week: Wednesday

SIFTers spent the day focusing on aquatic ecosystems! The group conducted abiotic tests and biotic sampling at Brush Creek and Wolf Run Lake. From the data they collected, SIFTers where able to predict if the aquatic sites were healthy or polluted.

SIFTers take the Wilderness Wagon to the two aquatic sites.

Searching for aquatic organisms.

Taking abiotic measurements from Brush Creek.

SIFTers collaborate to identify aquatic organisms.

Teens play charades after lunch.

High-fives for everyone!

Biotic sampling in Wolf Run Lake.

SIFTers work to identify and record the organisms they caught.

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