Merck Forest and Farm Center Farm Management Rupert Vermont
Teaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland


Some of the dates listed below are tentative: to confirm that an event will be held, or to learn more about the details of an event which interests you, please call the Visitor Center at 802-394-7836.

Advance reservations--made on a first-come first-served basis--are required for most events due to space limitations or scheduling considerations. Payment in full is due upon registration. Membership discounts apply to many events.

For outdoor events, please dress for the weather: sturdy shoes/boots, layered clothing, snow/raingear, flashlight, snacks and water. Outdoor events are held weather-permitting.

Thoreau Cabin Re-Creation Project

Cabin Raising, May 6/7, 9a-4pm, $50 tuition

Cladding the Walls & Sheathing the Roof, May 20/21, 9a-4pm, $50 tuition

Roof Shingling, June 3/4, 9a-4pm, $50 tuition

Cabin Dedication, July 12, 2017, Free

Plaster/Lath and Chimney Building, August 2017, $50 tuition

Upcoming Workshops

Sheep Shearing School. Dt/Tm: Saturday, April 8, 8:30am to 4pm. Fee to Audit (no hands-on): $50 per day; One-Day Hands-on Shearing: $150; Two-Day Hands-on Shearing: $275 (Second day is conducted at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT.) Please note: to register for any portion of this class, contact instructor Jim McRae at 802-483-2463 or

Upcoming Events

Pancake Breakfast and Maple Syrup Celebration. Dt/Tm: March 25-26/9am to 2pm. Admission: Adults - $10, Children 4-12yo - $5.

Film Screening: America's First Forest. Dt/Tm: Thursday, May 4/7pm. Free. Location: Salem Courthouse Community Center, 58 East Broadway, Salem, NY. This film screening is part of the Community Center's History Lecture Series.

Full Moon Hikes. Dt/Tm: April 11, 7-9pm. $5.   A guided hike (weather permitting) with refreshments after! 

Meet the Lambs. Dt/Tm: May 20, 9a-3pm. Fee.

Solstice Hike. Dt/Tm: June 21, Fee. Pre-registration requested.

Thoreau Cabin Dedication. July 12, Free.

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing. Dt/Tm: August 21, Fee. Pre-registration requested.

Fall Festival. Dt/Tm: September 16, Fee.

BeBrave Hike-a-thon. Late September 2017.

















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We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive annual support from Merck & Co. Inc.
We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law and are greatly appreciated!

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