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

Trail Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering on trail, we have three ways you can get involved.

Day of Service
Our field staff works on trail during the week depending on the season. Let us know if there is a day you would like to help out and join our field staff on trail. Fall, winter, and spring trail work can involve brushing, logout, erosion control and trail construction and maintenance. During the winter, trail work focuses on keeping trails open for nordic skiing and cabin access. For more information, check out our Day of Service - Trail Work FAQ.

trail work

Trail Scouting
For those enjoying the solo experience, we have our "lone wolves" who commit at least 3 hours a month and schedule their time with the trail maintenance coordinator. After signing-in, volunteers head out to scout trails and do some work along the way. For ages 18 and up, this option works best for folks who like solitude and are confident on their own in MFFC's "backcountry".

group volunteers

Summer Trail Crew for Teens
Spend a week outside enhancing and improving the trails at Merck Forest and Farmland Center. Our summer program is designed for youth age 14-18. It's a great way to volunteer in a fun, safe, hands-on, team-oriented environment. For more information check out: Summer Trail Crew for Teens

teen crew

All three of these options include an orientation, safety lecture, tool introduction and our immense gratitude. To become a Trail Maintenance Volunteer, email

You can also volunteer on trail at MFFC as a group. For more information, click here


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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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