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September 2019

Harvest Festival

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
saphouse, autum, fall foliage

Celebrate the harvest with food and games and lots to see!

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Game of Logging: Chainsaw Safety Training for Women

September 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$180
Forest health in Vermont

Level 1 (9/28, 8am-5pm, tuition $180 pp) focuses on introducing women to chainsaw safety and precision-felling techniques. This course is now full but the co-ed session of Game of Logging on Sunday the 29th still has space. If you prefer to have your name included on a waitlist, contact Chris at christine@merckforest.org.

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Solo Wilderness First Aid Classes

September 28 @ 8:30 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm
$200 – $240
VT survival course

Participants successfully completing this SOLO Wilderness program will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid (or re-certification for Wilderness First Responders). The CPR Module is available for an additional cost of $40 (runs a little later that the First Aid course). September 28-29, 8:30am to 5pm each day, $200 ($240 with optional CPR Module).   Space is limited and preregistration is required: click HERE to register, or contact Chris at christine@merckforest.org . Bring a bag lunch. Housing in the Barn Cabins is available…

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Volunteer Workparty Saturday

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
volunteers vermont farm

One Saturday a month, in the woods and on the farm: work with great people in the great big beautiful out-of-doors. Come join the crew!   Please Preregister HERE for the Volunteer WorkParty.

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Game of Logging: Chainsaw Safety Training

September 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$180
vermont logging

Game of Logging Level 1 (9/29, 8am-5pm, tuition $180 pp) Chainsaw safety and precision-felling techniques. Participants must be prepared for moderately vigorous outdoor activity with gloves, sturdy footgear, water, snacks and a bag lunch. This workshop is weather-dependent: light rainfall will not cancel the workshop, but we will not fell trees in thunderstorms or in high-wind situations. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To enroll, please click HERE. As an added convenience, we offer a special discount for a…

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October 2019

Who Lives in our Woods?

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT snail

Who do you think lives on a wild hillside in Vermont? Come find out!   Please preregister here for the Who Lives in Our Woods Program.

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BeBrave Hike-a-thon & 5k Trail Run

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Be Brave for Life Foundation works to improve the quality of life for those affected by cavernous malformations and non-cancerous brain tumors by raising awareness and funding innovative research. Their signature Annual Hike-A-Thon, Basket Bonanza and Scavenger Hunt take place at Merck Forest and Farmland again this year. Check out the good work being done by this foundation HERE.

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Second Saturday Hike

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
hiking spots VT

This staff-guided hike will be of moderate difficulty and will take place even if it's raining. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather with sturdy footwear, water & snacks.   Please Preregister for the hike here.

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Volunteer Workparty Saturday

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
trail building vermont

It’s war on the honeysuckle! Volunteers will aid in conservation efforts on the property by working to remove invasive honeysuckle. This will be a moderately strenuous activity, involving digging, pulling, cutting, and dragging of small and large honeysuckle plants. Volunteers will need to bring sunscreen, water, long pants, hat, work gloves, snacks/lunch, and close-toed shoes.   Please Preregister for the Party Here.

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November 2019

Full Moon Guided Hike

November 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
moon hikes VT

This is the month of the full Beaver Moon. Our staff-guided hike will be of moderate difficulty. Participants must dress appropriately for the weather, with sturdy footgear, headlamp or flashlight, water and snacks.   Please Register for the Full Moon Hike HERE.

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