Middle school students at the Mt. Rainier Institute spent the day deepening their forestry knowledge and hiking higher into the mountains. They examined hundred year-old lichen growths, found the largest Douglas Fir in the forest, and learned about the fragility of the ecosystem. Students also got to practice taking core samples from trees to calculate carbon storage of the differeages of stands. They topped it off with a very rare sighting of a rough-skinned newt, an endangered species!