The forest provides many learning opporunities, and as such may be seen as the ultimate 'learning center'.
Education can be gleened from the diversity of rugged mountains, deep canyons, meadows, and semi-desert country. Elevations range from 3,500 to 12,644 feet and cover four of the six life zones. Flora and fauna are diverse. Ocotillo and cactus are found in the lower elevations, and juniper, pine, aspen, and spruce-fir forests are plentiful in the high mountains. Wildlife such as the black bear, mountain lion, elk, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, and wild turkey inhabit the Forest while the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and the red-tailed hawk soar in the wind.
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Top: Northern Leopard Frog
The northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) is a Forest Service sensitive species. Photo taken September 10, 2010. Credit: USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.
Bottom: Lightning Strike
This tall Ponderosa Pine has been sruck by lightning. The scar is visible along the length of the trunk.