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January 2019

Forest Makers Workshop for Children: Treats for Tweets – Making Treats for our Feathered Friends

January 19 @ 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 with us through the winter and how to make special treats to sustain them. Each child will make several treats to bring home to their own feathered friends. This workshop will be limited to 10 children (with an accompanying adult); pre-registration is required.  

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GUIDED HIKE: Full Wolf Moon

January 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Join us on a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape to view the full Wolf Moon. This hike will be of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting.

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GUIDED HIKES: Animal Tracking Workshop

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

We'll hike out into the snowfields and woods in search of ... whatever has come before! Participants must have appropriate footgear, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting.

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February 2019

FOREST MAKERS: Soap Felting Workshop

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$30

Just in time for Valentine's Day!   Our Soap Felting Workshop is offered Saturday, February 9, from 1pm to 3. Attendees will felt three bars of Kirk's 100% Pure Coconut Castile soap, scented or unscented, using natural-colored wool with natural- and brightly-colored wool and silk. One of these handmade scrubbies (or the set of three) would be a luxurious -- and personal -- gift for a loved one. Fee ($30/person) includes materials. Pre-registration is suggested: call 802-394-7836 to reserve your place in the class.

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GUIDED HIKE: Full Snow Moon

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Join us on a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape to view the full Snow Moon. This hike will be of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting.

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WINTER IN THE WOODS: Vacation Camp for Children

February 19 @ 9:00 am - February 21 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$50 – $125

Come join our Winter-Break Camp for second through fifth graders. We'll explore the snowy woods, create wintry crafts and play play play! Merck Forest is a winter wonderland and you can come to camp for one day or all three. Bring a bag lunch (we'll furnish snacks) and dress for outdoor play. Space is limited, so call at 802-394-7836 or email christine@merckforest.org to register. Fee: $50 / day or $125 for 3 days  

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GUIDED WALK: Owl Presentation and Walk

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Whooo's looking for company in our late winter landscape? Well, the Barred owls are, the Great Horned owls, and whooo knows whooo else. If we're lucky we'll be able to listen in on the conversation of one or another feathered couple. We'll start in the Visitor Center with a presentation featuring owls native to the Northeast, then we'll hike out in hopes of finding some courting couples. Participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5…

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March 2019

Vernal Pool Monitoring Workshop

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free

Vernal pools are unique, ephemeral wetlands that provide critical habitat for many species, particularly pool-breeding amphibians and invertebrates. Given their small size, landowners and private citizens have the opportunity to make a big difference in vernal pool conservation by protecting a single pool or complex of pools on their property or in their local community. Alex Wells of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) will conduct a workshop to train property owners to monitor these special wetland habitats, using the…

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Maple Madness for Children

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10

Let's find out what sugaring and maple trees are all about! This is a sap-to-syrup program; youngsters will see a tapping demonstration, tour the sap house to see the evaporator and equipment (if we're very lucky and the weather conditions are just right, we may even get to watch the sugar makers at work!), and then taste the sweet product of our maple trees. Since we'll be outside, children must be dressed for the weather, and must be accompanied by…

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Annual Pancake Breakfast

March 23 @ 9:00 am - March 24 @ 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5 – $12

Hooray, it's coming -- Merck's Maple Celebration and Pancake Breakfast! It's all kinds of fun, with sugaring demonstrations, games for the kids, wagon rides, and -- of course -- breakfast  (pancakes laced with the best maple syrup in the universe, eggs, Merck-produced breakfast sausage, coffee and orange juice). Don't sleep in this weekend, you don't want to miss a morsel!

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