In the Forest

Fun Facts

- “Trees are the dominant species in forest ecosystems and are important to maintaining a healthy planet. As the Earth’s great air conditioners, trees rid the air of excess carbon dioxide and other pollutants to improve air quality. Their shade cools the air in summer, and they also filter water, trap particles to make soil and help regulate climate patterns around the world.”
- “Forests cover a third of our planet's land.”
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- “The single oldest living thing on earth is a tree, it is 4,700 years old and is located in the US. It was growing when the Egyptians built the pyramids.”
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- “While there are a few different types of forests, all forests have trees as the dominant plant type.”
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Cool Creatures

Brown BearBlack Bear
The Black Bear is the New Mexico State Animal! “An adult male black bear can weigh up to 400 pounds, though the average male weighs about 250 pounds. Female black bears typicallyweigh between 150 and 180 pounds.The name ‘black bear’ can be misleading. New Mexico’s black bears actually come in a variety of color phases ranging from black and brown, to cinnamon (the most common color), reddish and blonde.” more info


Brown Bear

Mexican Gray Wolf
“The Mexican gray wolf is the smallest, southern-most occurring, rarest, and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America.” more info

Interesting Plants

The EvergreenPinon Pine
The Pinon is the New Mexico State Tree! “All four species are small bushy evergreen trees with short trunk, horizontal branching and rounded crowns. Found in semi-arid regions of the west. Sometimes called Mexican Nut Pine, it is native to both Arizona and New Mexico, where the seeds are harvested and sold as nuts.” more info

Poison IvyPoison Ivy
Poison Ivy is a poisonous North American plant that sometimes causes a painful rash in people who touch it.  Take this quiz to see if you can recognize poison ivy! more info


Always go with a buddy and tell someone where you’re going.

Wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin, and a hat to protect your face.

Be sure to wear sunscreen, and carry water with you!

When enjoying the forest, don’t forget to be Bear Aware
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Remember to enjoy the outdoors responsibly!  When you follow Leave No Trace principles, you ensure that everything is just as beautiful for the next person – and the next generation!
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