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Harvest Time!


It's late in the year for most vegetables, but we were able to harvest sunflowers and carrots last Saturday.  Lots of birds have been eating the sunflower seeds, and the carrots were a variety that has a lot of colors, like purple and yellow.  The YES teens also visited the residents of McCormack House, a residential home for the elderly.  The teens got to talk to the residents and ask them how they would like the YES teens to help them with gardening and classes next year.  I think both groups got a lot out of the visit.  

SLU's Lay Center


Hello everyone, on Oct. 25th, the agriscience teens went to the Lay Center.  It is a place that combines outdoor art and sculpture with nature.  The teens had a fabulous time on a hike, during which they found snakes, ate some persimmons, and climbed trees.  We also lookedLay Center field trip Lay Center field tripat the sculptures and visited a really Lay Center field tripold cemetery there.  The teens were very adventurous!

Fishing Trip!


On Oct. 4, Busch Conservation Area was kind enough to do a wetland program with our teens and then teach them how to fish!  The teens caught bunches of sunfish, but we had to put them back in the lake.  It was only the second time in my life that I have been fishing as well!

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Teens building their own Homunculus!

The teens mapped and built their Homunculus! What is a Homunculus, you ask? It's an anatomical representation of the somatosensory cortex. We have sensory neurons all over our body, but some areas are more sensitive than others (hands and face) because they have a higher number of sensory neurons. In a Homunculus, the regions with a higher number of sensory neurons are proportionally larger than other regions of the body with fewer sensory neurons.

Garden Work


Well, the YES teens are back!  We started back up on Sept. 20th.  Last week, Sept. 27th, the teens helped fix up the gardens.  They set up rain barrels, harvested crops, fixed up the greenhouse, and more.  It was a really busy day!


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