Info for Teachers

Thank you for considering the Duke Forest for your teaching activities!  We welcome all educators and their students, but before you host an activity, please contact the Office of the Duke Forest to discuss the specifics of the event (call 919-613-8013 or email

Here’s the general process for initiating teaching activities on the Duke Forest:

Special Notice: All individuals should follow COVID-19 related health precautions—including maintaining social distance (>6 feet) if not wearing face coverings—to the greatest extent possible, while conducting or participating in 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. Our office encourages all participants in activities on the Duke Forest to receive a vaccination. To learn more about Duke’s response to this global pandemic and about Duke’s vaccination resources, visit:

  1. Read the Guidelines for Teaching Use in the Duke Forest.
  2. Register your teaching activity once the details have been worked out and a date confirmed.  Registering is critical to prevent conflicts between projects and management and to document the value of the Forest as a teaching resource.
  3. Await your Teaching Approval.  Duke Forest Staff promptly reviews your Teaching Registration and provides you with a Teaching Approval form, which is the green light to begin your activities in the Forest.  The approval form may have additional conditions that are specific to the site or proposed activities.
  4. Begin your work and remember that Duke Forest Staff are available for support.
  5. Submit an annual Teaching Report about your activities on the Forest upon request.
  6. Register any new teaching activities that are outside of the time frame and/or scope of the details provided in your other teaching registration.

Registration options:

Click here to submit an online registration.

Click here to download and submit a PDF registration.

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 (under construction)
A listing of potential teaching facilities on the Forest
Available Data: Data available to teachers and researchers

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