As a Duke Forest volunteer, you are directly involved in improving the Forest and helping us to carry out our teaching and research mission.

  • Work indoors or out in the field with Duke Forest staff and other volunteers.
  • Learn new skills and put your talents to work.
  • Make a difference in your community.

The Forest is in need of volunteers for a variety of activities. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering in one or more of the areas listed below, or you believe you can assist the Forest in other ways. You may submit your information online below or you may download a form and mail it in.

  • Data Entry & Office Management – The Inside Job 
    Managing the Duke Forest involves a lot more than simply taking care of the trees. Volunteers are needed to assist with data entry, document scanning and grant writing.
  • Field Trip Leader – Walk and Talk on the Wild Side 
    Volunteers are needed to lead interpretive tours on the weekend for the general public. These walking tours help to educate citizens about the Duke Forest’s research and teaching mission while also explaining the ecology, history and management of the Forest. A background in botany, ecology or forestry is helpful, but is not required.
  • Trail Maintenance – Put Your Back into It 
    The Forest contains many miles of walking paths. These trails provide researchers and educators with easy access routes into the forest interior while also providing enhanced hiking and nature viewing opportunities to recreational users. Volunteers are needed to cut back encroaching vegetation, install water bars and stabilize trails.
  • Prescribed Burn Crew Member – Cool Heads Needed 
    Duke Forest conducts prescribed fires to improve wildlife habitat and to prepare areas for tree planting. Fire crew members are needed for a variety of fire-related duties. Official training and/or experience conducting controlled burns is helpful, but not required.

Volunteer – It’s your nature!


  •   Data Entry
      Field Trip Leader
      Trail Maintenance
      Prescribed Burn Crew Member
  • Please indicate the times you are available

If you have any questions about volunteering for the Forest, please contact the Office of the Duke Forest, (919) 613-8013 or