This is a course in field ecology and survey methods, essentially a biodiversity blitz. We will hike and be in the field every day and get to submerge ourselves (literally) in each beautiful habitat the forest has to offer while studying all of the creatures we encounter, from salamanders to carnivorous plants to timber rattlesnakes and scarlet tanagers. Students will have the opportunity to collect and bake with wild edible fruits like blueberries and huckleberries. Participants will make and take home their own herbarium of tree leaves. Practical skills gained in this course are: familiarity with the local flora, fauna and scientific method, mastery of field survey methods for sampling birds and trees and turtles, data collection and analysis, habitat classification, exposure to current and important topics in ecology, enhanced understanding of complex ecosystems, and planning/writing a scientific paper and a group collaboration.