Research Woods is a 33-acre woodlot that extends behind the Hay Barn and Orchid Range. Historically, most of the forest was used as agricultural fields and lawn. Recently, Research Woods has been restored through plantings of native shrubs and wildflowers, while also managing the populations of invasive plants which outcompete our native, beneficial plants. Without management, invasive plants will quickly take over the entire habitat, negatively impacting wildlife.
Duke Farms is a leader in environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region. Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations, and research, Duke Farms inspires people to adopt the attitude of stewardship, protect the earth, and start building a more sustainable future.