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December 2019

Wreath-Making – Morning Workshop

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25
wreath making

Ring in the holidays with this popular family event. We furnish greens, ribbons and tools, you provide the merriment. Bring along your own decorations to add to your wreath.  Fee: $25 per wreath.   Please register for the morning session HERE.

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Wreath-Making – Afternoon Workshop

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25
wreath making

Ring in the holidays with this popular family event. We furnish greens, ribbons and tools, you provide the merriment. Bring along your own decorations to add to your wreath.  Fee: $25 per wreath.   Please register for the afternoon session HERE.

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Full Cold Moon Hike

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

This staff-guided hike will be of moderate difficulty. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather -- keep in mind that it's not called the "Cold Moon" for nothing! Have sturdy footgear, micro-spikes and a headlamp or flashlight.   Please register for the hike here.

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January 2020

Full Wolf Moon Hike

January 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5.00
wolf moon

A moderate hike (or snowshoe -- depending upon snow cover) on moonlit trails. Dress for the cold and have sturdy footgear, micro-spikes/snowshoes, water & snacks, and a headlamp or flashlight. $5pp.   Register for the Full Wolf Moon Hike HERE.

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Tracking Workshop

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5.00
tracking animals vermont

We'll hike across snowfields and into the woods to find … whatever has come before. Held weather-permitting. Dress for the cold and have sturdy footgear, micro-spikes/snowshoes, water & snacks. $5pp.   Register for the Tracking Workshop HERE.

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Treats for Tweets Workshop

January 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10

Learn about the birds who stay through winter, and make special treats to bring home to sustain your own feathered friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult companion; $10 per child.   Register for the Treats For Tweets Workshop HERE.

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February 2020

Full Snow Moon Hike

February 8, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
snow moon VT

2/8/2020. Staff-guided hike/snowshoe (snow-cover-dependent) across the winter landscape. If the sky is clear, the trails will be moon-lit, and the evening air cold so dress warmly! The snow conditions will dictate whether this is a micro-spike- or a snowshoe hike: bring both if you have 'em, as well as water, snacks and a headlamp/flashlight. $5pp. Register for the Full Snow Moon Hike HERE.

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WINTER IN THE WOODS: Kids’ Camp for Winter Vacation

February 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$50

February 18, 19, 20. 9am to 3pm. Winter Vacation Camp for children, grades 2 through 5. Come join our Winter-Break Day Camp for second through fifth graders. We'll explore the snowy woods, create wintry crafts and play! Merck Forest is a winter wonderland and you can come to camp for one day or all three, from 9am to 3pm each day. Bring a bag lunch, water and snacks (we'll supply the hot chocolate!) and dress for outdoor play.  Space is…

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Owl Presentation & Hike

February 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

2/22/20.  We'll start the evening with a presentation about the owls found in our region and then we'll hike out to find some of these magnificent raptors. Dress warmly, with layers, and be ready to do some hiking. $5pp. Register For the Owl Hike HERE.

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March 2020

Maple Madness for Children

March 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10
VT kids activities

Let's find out what sugaring and maple trees are all about! This is a sap-to-syrup program with games and story-telling, a tapping demonstration, a sap house tour  (if we're very lucky and the weather conditions are just right, we may even get to watch the sugar makers at work!), and finally, a tasting to savor the sweet product of our maple trees. Part of the program is outside, so participants should be dressed for the weather; children must be accompanied…

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Full Worm Moon Hike

March 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
hikes in VT

3/14/2020. Full Worm Moon Hike. The earth is stirring beneath our feet at this time of year, but there might still be enough snow to snowshoe. This will be a  moderate staff-guided hike over (potentially) moonlit trails. Dress for any weather contingency, and bring water and snacks. $5pp. Register for the Full Worm Moon hike HERE.

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Maple Celebration & Pancake Breakfast

March 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - March 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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3/21-22/2020 Maple Celebration/Pancake breakfast. This weekend we celebrate ALL THINGS MAPLE, with our fabulous pancake breakfast (featuring our own pasture-raised pork sausage and certified-organic Maple Syrup), tractor-drawn wagon rides, and tapping & sugaring demonstrations. It is just a plain-old good time. $10pp (12 & up), $5 (5yrs to 11yrs), under 5yrs free.    

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April 2020

Chicks & Eggs for Children

April 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10
vermont farm visit

4/4/20 10am to noon. Chicks & Eggs for Children. Bring your youngsters to meet our feathered friends: Everybody will have a chance to hold a chicken, to collect some eggs, and then to dye them using natural dyes. Children must be accompanied by an adult companion. $10 per child. Enrollment for this program is limited (so as not to over-tax the chickens). Register early HERE.  

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep: Farm Program for Children

April 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10
animal products

4/4/20, 1pm - 3pm Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Bring your children to meet our fleecy flock -- and to create felt using wool from our sheep. Children must be accompanied by an adult companion. Admission: $10 per child.   Registration is limited, so sign up early HERE.

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Second Saturday Hike

April 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

4/11/20 This staff-guided hike is a tossup - will wintry conditions prevail, or will balmy breezes wake up the sleeping earth? Either way we'll venture out into the landscape for a moderate jaunt to free our winter-bound spirits. Dress wisely. $5pp Preregister for the Second Saturday Hike HERE.

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Spring Break on the Farm: Day Camp for Children

April 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - April 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3 – $125
VT kids chores

4/14, 15, 16  Vacation Day Camp for 2nd through 5th graders. We'll be based out of the Visitor Center and the Yurt as we get curious and explore the farm and play in and around the woods at the Discovery Trail. We'll meet and learn about the animals that live on our farm and in our pond, do some crafts, and go hiking and exploring. Bring your lunch, a snack, and water. $50/day or $125 for all 3 days per…

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Volunteer “How To” Work Party

April 25, 2020
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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FREE
volunteers vermont farm

4/25/20, time TBD. Join the crew! We'll start with mulching the raspberries, but there might be other tasks to tackle as well. Dress for outdoor work, and bring water, snacks, a bag lunch and work gloves.   Please Preregister HERE for the Volunteer WorkParty.

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May 2020

Second Saturday Hike: Spring Ephemeral Sightings??

May 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT spring flowers

Spring ephemerals may be in bloom! 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 footgear, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; Fee: $5 per person.   Register for the Second Saturday Hike HERE.

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Meet the Lambs

May 16, 2020
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
animal farm vermont

Time: TBD. Have your little lambs meet our little lambs: this is a popular event with the wee folk who are just learning about farm animals and prefer them pint-sized. This family-friendly event features our new lambs, but there will be plenty of other activities for children, including pond explorations and horse-drawn wagon rides.  Suggested Donation: $3pp.

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Volunteer Workparty Saturday

May 30, 2020
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
trail building vermont

Time: TBD.  It’s war on the invasive! Volunteers will aid in conservation efforts on the property by working to remove invasive shrubs. This will be a moderately strenuous activity, involving digging, pulling, cutting, and dragging  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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