The AP Biology class spent Labor Day weekend in the Smoky Mountains National Park conducting research and hiking at the Tremont Institute. As part of their experience, the students developed and conducted independent research studies with salamanders in the creeks and in the forests around Tremont. The students studied one of the most diverse salamander populations in the world and learned about the problems facing the hemlock trees in the park. Additionally, the group hiked to Spruce Flats Falls and celebrated Mass with Fr. Forsythe beside a campfire. The trip was filled with many moments for learning, reflection, and an appreciation of the beauty of the park.