The Duke Forest is owned and managed by Duke University. It consists of over 7,000 acres of forested land and open fields in Durham, Orange, and Alamance counties. It has been managed for teaching and research purposes since 1931.
The mission of the Duke Forest is to facilitate research that addresses fundamental and applied questions across a variety of disciplines and to aid in the instruction of all students in their pursuit of knowledge, especially regarding the stewardship of our natural resources.
Management of the Forest is guided by a comprehensive plan that promotes the Forest’s academic mission while ensuring the protection of its natural resources. The Duke Forest also provides education and outreach through tours and volunteer events and serves as an outdoor recreation destination for the local community.
There is always something interesting happening in the Forest.
See our Calendar to learn more.
Learn more about the Duke Forest through these resources:
- To check out our vision and priorities for the future, read our 2017 Duke Forest Strategic Plan.
- To dive into a multimedia experience about the history of the Duke Forest’s research, read “Duke’s biggest, oldest laboratory” in Duke Stories.
- For some quick fun facts about the Duke Forest, click here
- And for announcements about management or other activities that may affect normal use of the forest, visit our Facebook page.