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Place-based education

If a Tree …

Curiosity is at the heart of scientific thinking, and provocative essential questions fuel inquisitiveness–questions like: “If every tree in the forest drops every one of its leaves every year, why aren’t we buried up to our neck in millions upon millions of leaves?” For regional 5th graders coming to Merck Forest for multi-day field experiences, …

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Revel in the Rhythm of the Season

Autumn is a time to enjoy the brilliant colors of changing leaves, the fragrance of pumpkin spice wafting in the air, the sweep of gorgeous vistas, and the sounds of animals scurrying about gathering and preparing for the winter to come. Here at Merck Forest, Fern and Arch, our draft horses, have been enjoying the beautiful weather …

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Winter Workshop Two: Who Sticks Around for the Winter

  The second winter break workshop happened today. Snow and sickness dropped our group by half, but the eight participants had a great time learning a bit about backyard birds, and then making their own suet cakes! Each participant got to measure out seeds, nuts, and lard into cupcake tins, which were then placed outside …

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Choosing Seeds

This morning, after staff meeting, the farm staff sat in the field office making some last minute decisions on the garden plans. They want to grow items that will do well in Merck’s microclimate, but also include items that everyone likes to eat (or misses from home). Collards, anyone? Sarah will cook them southern style. …

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