Washington University in St. Louis
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Tyson's mission is to provide a living landscape for environmental research and education as a component of Washington University's International Center for Advanced Renewal Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES). Tyson provides:

  • A landscape-scale experimental venue for studies on ecosystem sustainability
  • A 2,000 acre outdoor laboratory for important research and teaching opportunities from Washington University and other nearby institutions
  • Research and educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students related to the environment and sustainability


Featured Research and Development

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Turtle Tracking
In a collaborative effort with the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Parks Forever, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, and Washington University, the movement, ecology and health of Three-toed and Ornate box turtle populations (Terrapene carolina triunguis and Terrapene ornata ornata) are being compared between Forest Park and Tyson Research Center, which represent urban and rural environments, respectively. We track 10 radio-tagged turtles in each location, record their GPS coordinates on a weekly basis, and analyze health and movement data. Additionally, our goal is to develop a meaningful outreach and education program to increase nature awareness in the St Louis community. To this end, a pilot visit was recently organized for fifth- and sixth-grade students from the eco club at South City Preparatory Academy, during which school pupils helped track the turtles in Forest Park. We plan to expand the involvement of schools over the coming months.

News and Events

Tyson In The News!
Here is an excellent write-up in the Post-Dispatch about the Tyson Forest Dynamics Plot being rolled into the Smithsonian Institution's global forest network. Please click here to read. Jonathan Myers and Marko Spasojevic (Tyson Postdoctoral Fellow) recently received a grant to conduct this research. More info.

The turtle team, led by Stephen Blake, also made the news in this terrific story and video clip.

New Award!
Tyson, along with Shaw Nature Reserve, was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) for our SIFT & TERF programs. This award is in recognition of promoting environmental education in Missouri and supporting the mission of the MEEA. Read more about the programs here.

Find more about Weather in Eureka, MO
phone: (314)-935-8430
fax: (314)-935-8433
6750 Tyson Valley Road
Eureka MO 63025