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Educational and Research Usage

SummerCmp2_07The G.W. Hill Forest is a 2,450-acre forest in Durham County and the site of Camp Slocum. Hill Forest has been a very important part of our academic and research programs for decades.

Often simply called Summer Camp, rising juniors in the Forest Management Major spend 9 summer weeks and rising seniors in the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Major spend 6 summer weeks at Camp Slocum to build on the knowledge they have gained in the classroom, through intense, practical experience. Learn more about Summer Camp in the Student Experiences section of this website and watch the YouTube Video that explains why Summer Camp is so important.

Established in 1929, Hill Forest has been managed as a teaching laboratory, where students learn to survey, measure, identify vegetation, perform water quality and soil tests, and undertake a myriad of other scientific explorations.

Camp Slocum was given to the University in the early 1930’s and is the SummerCmp1_07-Copyprimary residence for students during Summer Camp.

Between 2011 and 2013, there have been many structural and technological renovations campslocum_techmade to the camp’s cabins, dining facilities, computer access, and the historic Depression Era lodge. In 2013, we spent about $1.5 million in restoration, modernization and expansion.

Research investigations conducted in Hill Forest have resulted in more than 15 PhD dissertations, 31 Masters theses, and 23 refereed articles in scientific journals and books.

Learn more about Hill Forest, including species lists, current weather conditions and directions, by visiting the Piedmont Forest Work Crew Website.


Recreational and Fishing Usage

As with our other college-owned forests, Hill Forest is economically self-sustaining through timber sales and usage fees. Since 2006, the G. W. Hill Forest has been undergoing assessment of issues involving safety, erosion, and management goals. We accommodate hunting, fishing, and other recreational uses of Hill Forest if they do not conflict with our primary academic mission.

Click on the links below for important information and forms related to recreational, hunting and fishing use of Hill Forest:

If you have difficulty viewing or printing any of the above documents, contact Liz Snider.