COVID-19 Precautions: In accordance with Governor Cooper’s executive order and Duke University’s implementation of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks are now required AT ALL TIMES on all Duke property including the Duke Forest and the Al Buehler Trail.
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.
Navigate using the links on the left and above to learn more about the history and impact of the Forest and about our team. If you are interested in keeping in touch, we invite you to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to hear the latest news about events, management activities, and volunteer opportunities.
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.
In 2016 and 2017, with extensive stakeholder feedback, we created our five year (2017-2022) Strategic Plan. To learn more about our vision priorities for the future of the Duke Forest, please read our 2017 Duke Forest Strategic Plan.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Nicki Cagle on our Advisory Committee who among other titles is the Nicholas School’s Director of Undergraduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As part of a larger effort to recognize and hold up those that have called the Duke Forest home or that have an ongoing relationship with the land, she produced a land acknowledgement statement. We hope you check it out and stay tuned for more ways we are working to better understand and reveal the stories of all the people that have shaped the Duke Forest.
- There is always something interesting happening in the Forest. See our Calendar to learn more.
- 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.