Southeastern Illinois College offers many outdoor pursuits in college programs, student teams, and community recreation. From the Ohio River, the southern part of the district rises up into the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest. Hiking, hunting, and horseback riding are just a few of the pleasures of the Shawnee National Forest. On a winter's trek through this area, one could see thousands of geese, a herd of deer numbering more than 20 (or perhaps just a couple here and there), a group of large, strange-looking birds, maybe 9 to 12 of them, which turn out to be a wild turkey, minding their own business, but certainly minding business as they feed. Towards the northern edge of the district, the hills fall off into some of the best farmland in the state of Illinois.
Along with this farmland are some of the most abundant areas of coal in the United States. Together farmers and miners work their respective areas, always mindful of the geographic beauty and historical significance of the area. Where farmers and miners of the past were not so careful, these areas now boast a plethora of wildlife.
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