In January 2014, the students of Mammals and Birds in the Landscape traveled to Mt. Rainier with faculty Peter Impara. There, they studied two of Washington State's most unique environments in one place. They dug snow pits at an elevation of 5500 ft to study the snowpack at Paradise, and then took a short hike through the forest to observe old-growth trees in the protected environment of the National Park. By studying the landscape, they learn about the needs of the animals and become dedicated to preserving that environment into the future.