Annual Gathering

Every year, we gather on an evening in November to hear highlights about recent research, teaching, and forest management activities on the Duke Forest.  We always showcase a special theme and host a guest lecturer on that topic.  We also present winners of our annual photography contest and celebrate a person that has made a large impact on the Forest in the previous year with the Clarence F. Korstian Award.  Great food, wine, and conversation is always enjoyed by all!  Our Annual Gathering is an important opportunity for us to share with and hear from the diverse community of folks that care about the forest so we hope to see you in there!  Check back for future event details and registration.


Save the Date! The 2018 Duke Forest Annual Gathering is on November 8th, 2018!

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Registration Link

Registration will open 10/9. More details coming soon!


2017 Annual Gathering – November 9th

Wildlife: Home in the Forest

Thanks to everyone that attended the 2017 Annual Gathering!  We enjoyed great food, wine, and conversation before hearing about all the Duke Forest happenings in the last year and learning about wildlife from Dr. Ron Sutherland, Conservation Scientist with the Wildlands Network.  We revealed the winners of the Duke Forest Photo Contest and presented the Clarence Korstian Award to Judson Edeburn, our former resource manager, for his continued support of our operations.  See photos on our Facebook page.

Duke Forest: 2017 Year in Review


2015 Duke Forest Annual Gathering – November 12th

Forests in a Changing World

Thank you to all the Duke and Durham community members that participated in the 2015 Annual Gathering last week!  We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, wine, and friendly conversation before diving into a series of presentations on forest resilience.  First, our Director, Sara Childs, updated us on research, management, education, and volunteer activities in the Duke Forest over the past year.

Our guest speaker, David Halley, RF, CF, of True North Forest Management Services, gave us an overview of current and upcoming forest threats and how we can effectively manage for them. Sara and Jenna Schreiber, the Duke Forest Operations Manager, followed this up by speaking on how forest threats are being addressed specifically in the Duke Forest. 

We announced the winners of the 4th annual Duke Forest Photo Contest, and the Clarence Korstian Award was presented to Nicki Cagle, PhD., a professor at Duke University in the Nicholas School of the Environment and great friend of the Forest.  See November 2015 posts on our Duke Forest Facebook Page for photos.


2014 Duke Forest Annual Gathering – November 13th

Least Wanted – Invasive Species and their Impacts on our Forests

Many thanks to everyone that participated in this year’s annual gathering; it was our largest crowd yet with over 90 community members in attendance! The evening was fun-filled with wonderful food, wine, and conversations.  Sara Childs, Duke Forest Director, provided highlights about activities on the forest in the last year and updates on several important projects.  Jenna Schreiber, Duke Forest Operations Manager, presented on invasive plants affecting the Duke Forest; and our guest speaker Kelly Oten, Ph.D, with the NC Forest Service, gave a great talk about the emerald ash borer and thousand cankers disease – two relatively new invasive pests threatening North Carolina.

Duke Forest’s graduate student assistants put together a wonderful resource table about invasive species with live specimens and lots of information sheets. We also unveiled the winners of our 3rd annual Duke Forest Photography Contest, and celebrated long-time and now retired Resource Manager, Judd Edeburn.  He was presented with a plaque that will be located at the entrance of what is now the Edeburn Division.

See presentations and pictures from the evening below and check out this great post about the annual gathering written by Duke’s Director of Research Communications.

Duke Forest: Year In Review

Duke Forest: Least Wanted

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