Fortune magazine has named our area as one of the best places to live in America, due in large part to the tremendous programs of our major research universities. Within 8 miles of The Forest are 3 nationally recognized universities and 2 world reknowned university medical centers.The vibrancy of the rich college atmosphere that surrounds us spills easily from these campuses onto ours.
We're only 2 miles from Duke University and Medical Centers and are most deeply connected to our namesake campus. Cutting edge health care and the strong and diverse cultural arts and educational opportunities so close to us have profoundly shaped The Forest's culture.
Our on-campus Health Center is directed by the nationally recognized Geriatric Department of Duke Medical Center. Residents benefit from the three Duke geriatricians that provide direct patient care on our campus, the medical students who frequently visit here, and the extensive services of the entire Duke Medical system.
Since our beginning, we have partnered with OLLI, the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Duke, to host adult continuing education classes on our campus. This is a beneficial arrangement for all - OLLI gets a lovely site in our large Auditorium for their largest classes and residents of The Forest can take advantage of these exciting opportunities gratis! With over 100 other courses offered in the nearby area each semester, many residents are happy students most of the year.
Each month, we enjoy an abundance of the programs Duke brings to its campus and, often to ours. From music, to dance, to film series, residents are ever exposed to a wide variety of cultural enrichments. Residents also easily participate in programs with the Duke Center for Living, and in Medical Center studies and trials. Many give countless volunteer hours at the nearby Duke Hospitals, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum, the Rare Book Room, Ronald McDonald House, the Caring House and other sites on the Duke campus.
Another neighbor 6 miles away is North Carolina Central University, ranked the number 1 historically black university in the country. Their educational and cultural programming is readily available and enjoyed by Forest residents. Often we participate with NCCU on special events and projects. Recently we were proud to be a sponsor for their 100th anniversary Gala and last fall, our residents and staff worked diligently to raise funds for the NCCU marching band's trip to the Rose Bowl Parade. We watched with pride as our Eagle musical friends entertained the Pasadena crowds.
The flagship campus for the University of North Carolina is at Chapel Hill, just 8 miles away. The UNC-CH campus provides another rich venue for arts and learning. The Paul Green Theater, Carolina Performing Arts series, the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, and the Ackland Museum are just a few of favorite UNC visits for Forest residents. Even though the Carolina-Duke sports rivalry is legendary, we do not play favorites when it comes to opportunities to learn and grow. We extend a warm and frequent welcome to guest lecturers from Chapel Hill and enjoy many "light blue" experiences with our Tarheel friends!
Through programming and Forest board representation, we strive for ever enriched connectedness to our valued university neighbors. Their campuses are truly a strong and vital part of our community life.
We learn much from the fine institutions that are our neighbors. We're glad they learn from us too and are proud to serve as a training site for the following programs: