Info for ROTC Instructors

Special Notice: COVID-19 related health precautions, including wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing (>6 feet) to the greatest extent possible, should be followed while conducting teaching or research activities in the Duke Forest.  Teaching and research users should also comply with all departmental and/or institutional guidelines as it applies to field-based teaching and research activities.  To learn more about Duke’s response to this global pandemic, visit:

We have a new procedure for registering ROTC Activities in the Edeburn Division of the Duke Forest.

  1. First confirm the availability of your training date(s) by contacting the Office of the Duke Forest at least 5 business days prior to proposed training activity.
  2. If the site is available, we will send ROTC Guidelines for Use, ROTC Training Areas Map, and ROTC Warning Signs Template by email. You must carefully read this documentation.
  3. After reading these documents, you may register your activity via the link in the ROTC Guidelines for Use document.

To gain approval for use, you must follow all the steps in the order they are presented here and in the ROTC Guidelines for Use docuement.

You can begin the process by confirming availability via phone (919)-613-8013 or by email at

PLEASE NOTE: This process should be completed by a ROTC instructor (not a cadet). Instructors must complete a site visit with Duke Forest staff prior to initiating this process if they have not used the Duke Forest for training before. To set-up a site visit, please email  

Other important information:

Guidelines & Safety: Please review our guidelines and safety considerations
Access & Parking:
Information on how to access the Forest and where to park
Resources: Learn about the resources available to teachers
A listing of potential teaching facilities on the Forest
Available Data: Data available to teachers and researchers

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