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April 2019

Second Saturday Hike: Curing Cabin Fever

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Winter wearing you down? Need to get outside and sweep out the cobwebs? Join us on a staff-guided hike this afternoon to get rid of your cabin fever. This hike will be of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting.

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SPRING ON THE FARM: Day Camp for Children

April 16 @ 9:00 am - April 18 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Come join our Spring-Break Day Camp for second through fifth graders. Merck Farm is a wonderful place to welcome springtime: you can meet the new lambs, cuddle with chickens, and say hello to Fern and Arch, our draft horses. You'll get your hands dirty planting seeds, working with sheep's wool and discovering all that the farm has to offer. Come to camp for one day or all three; camp hours are 9am to 3pm each day. Bring a bag lunch…

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May 2019

SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR Course

May 4 @ 8:30 am - May 5 @ 5:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$200 – $240

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). May 4-5, 8:30am to 5pm each day, $200 ($240 with optional CPR Module). Pre-registration is required (contact Chris at christine@merckforest.org) and space is limited; bring a bag lunch.

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Second Saturday Hike: Looking for Spring Ephemerals

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

Spring ephemerals should 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.

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Meet the Lambs

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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animal farm vermont

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. We’ll have food and games and lots to see at this family-friendly event.  Suggested Donation: $3pp.

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Game of Logging: Chainsaw Safety Training

May 25 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Forest health in Vermont

Level 1 (5/25, 8am-4pm, tuition $180 pp) focuses on introducing the participant to precision felling techniques. Level 2 (5/25, 8am-4pm, tuition $180 pp) focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance. Successful completion of Level I is required. Space is limited and pre-registration is required: contact Chris at christine@merckforest.org.

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June 2019

Second Saturday Hike

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
vermont hiking trail

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.

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Pond Exploration

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

What's splashing about in Page Pond? We'll find out in this interesting (and a little damp!) program. Open to all ages.

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Bird ID and Habitat Program

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
Learn about forests in Vt

What birds are in our area and what kind of habitats do they enjoy? Find out in the Merck woodlands.

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Volunteer Work Party

June 29
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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trail building vermont

On the last Saturday of the month: work with great people in the great big beautiful out-of-doors. Come join the crew!

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