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May 2020

Solo Wilderness First Aid 5/2

May 2 @ 8:30 am - May 3 @ 5:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$200 – $240
VT survival course

Wilderness First Aid training for backcountry emergencies. CPR component is additional. Successful completion of this course will recertify Wilderness First Responders. Preregistration is required and enrollment is limited. Housing is available Friday and Saturday nights for $10pp/night. Register HERE for Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Aid With CPR.

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Early Morning Bird Walk 5/9

May 9 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Join conservation manager Tim Duclos on an early morning walk to document incoming migratory birds. Wear sturdy footgear and bring water and snacks.   Register HERE for the 5/9 bird walk.

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Game of Logging: Basic Chainsaw Safety for Beginners

May 9 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Forest health in Vermont

Pre-Level 1 (5/9, 8am - 4pm, tuition $190 pp) This is a course for people who have no prior experience in handling a chainsaw. Topics include receive training in how a chainsaw operates, basic maintenence, and bucking techniques.  It is excellent preparation for Levels 1 and 2, which will be offered in subsequent sessions. This is a field-based workshop and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water…

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Migratory Bird Ecology 101

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

The birds are starting to arrive or move through as they migrate North. Why do birds migrate and what challenges does migration present? Conservation manager Tim Duclos will give a presentation on the phenomenon of avian migration. There's a lot more to it than you might think ... come on up the hill to learn more about it. Click HERE to register for Migratory Bird Ecology 101.

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Second Saturday Hike: Will We Find Spring Ephemerals?

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT spring flowers

Spring ephemerals may 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.   Register for the Second Saturday Hike HERE.

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Meet the Lambs

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
animal farm vermont

Time: TBD. 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. This family-friendly event features our new lambs, but there will be plenty of other activities for children, including pond explorations and horse-drawn wagon rides.  Suggested Donation: $3pp.

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Bird Walk 5/23

May 23 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Welcome back the incoming migrating birds moving through the area with conservation manager Tim Duclos, on this early morning walk. Open to all. Sign up for the walk HERE.

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Game of Logging: Levels 1 & 2

May 23 @ 8:00 am - May 24 @ 4:00 pm
$380
vermont logging

Level 1 (5/23, 8am-4pm) focuses on introducing the participant to precision felling techniques. Registration for this course is available to adults and to teenagers aged 16 and up (with parental permission). Level 2 (5/24, 8am-4pm) focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance. These are field-based workshops and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water and a construction-type hard hat; be dressed for any weather conditions and wear sturdy work-boots. PLEASE…

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Meet and Feed

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - October 11 @ 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
horse vermont

Sunday afternoons, May 24 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp.

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Game of Logging, Levels 3 & 4

May 30 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$380
vermont logging

Level 3 (5/30, 8am-4pm) focuses on limbing, bucking, and handling difficult trees. Level 4 (5/31, 8am-4pm) focuses on storm damage cleanup. These are field-based workshops and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water and a construction-type hard hat; be dressed for any weather conditions and wear sturdy work-boots. PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Enrollment for each level is predicated on successful completion…

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Volunteer Workparty Saturday 5/30

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
trail building vermont

It’s war on the invasive! Volunteers will aid in conservation efforts on the property by working to remove invasive shrubs. This will be a moderately strenuous activity, involving digging, pulling, cutting, and dragging  plants. Volunteers will need to bring sunscreen, water, long pants, hat, work gloves, snacks/lunch, and close-toed shoes.   Please Preregister for the Party Here.

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June 2020

Early Morning Bird Walk 6/13

June 13 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
Learn about forests in Vt

Join Tim Duclos on an early morning walk to document incoming migratory birds. Dress for the weather with sturdy hiking footwear, and bring water and snacks.   Register for the bird walk HERE.

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Second Saturday Hike 6/13

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

It's sure to be a lovely day for a moderate guided hike through Merck Forest's landscape. Bring water and snacks.   Register HERE for the Second Saturday Hike.

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Volunteer Workparty Saturday 6/27

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
farm tool vermont

Conservation Manager Tim Duclos will lead this party in some habitat Management projects. The day's activity will likely include some moderately strenuous activity, involving digging, pulling, cutting, and dragging  plants. Volunteers will need to bring sunscreen, water, long pants, hat, work gloves, snacks/lunch, and close-toed shoes. Register HERE for the Volunteer Workparty.

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July 2020

Farm Chores for Children

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

Thursday afternoons 7/2 through 8/13. Participate in daily farm chores with MFFC staff, including feeding the chickens and collecting eggs, feeding the sheep and horses, as well as pigs. Other activities may include weeding the children's garden, picking berries. Register for Farm Chores HERE.

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Wilderness Day Camp for Rising 4-6th Graders

July 13 @ 9:00 am - July 17 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$250
children learning farm vermont

7/13 to 7/17. $250/child Week-long summer day camp for kids going into Grades 4 - 6 in the fall. Children will explore, observe, and participate in hands-on acitivies as they explore the various wildlife that can be found around Merck Forest. Focus will be the wildlife that make their habitat at MFFC, including the forest, fields, and pond. Children should be dressed for outdoor adventures and wet environments. They should bring a bag lunch (and perhaps a change of clothes?). Our…

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Forest Day Camp (Session 1)

July 20 @ 9:00 am - July 24 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$250
VT kids spring activities

Adventures in the forest are in store for rising first-, second- and third-grade campers. We'll tramp through the woods to find who lives and grows here, learn some wilderness survival skills, and discover what makes the forest a special place. We'll play games, tell stories, hone our powers of observation and learn what the forest has to offer. Our woodland classroom -- the new yurt -- will be our forest base camp, and a Vermont-certified educator will be on the…

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Bio-Blitz at Merck Forest for Volunteers

July 25 - July 26
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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FREE

Calling all adventurers, naturalists and curious minds! Join experts and friends at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for any or all of 24 hours between Saturday, July 25th, to  Sunday, July 26th, for both guided and self-led exploration of life on MFFC's 3200-acre property. Bring friends and family to explore and celebrate the diverse community of insects, birds, trees, flowers, fungi, reptiles and amphibians, and anything big and small in-between; make sure to sign up for one or more of our guided…

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August 2020

Forest Day Camp (Session 2)

August 3 @ 9:00 am - August 7 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$250
children activities, kids, pond, fun

Oh joy! Five days to explore farm, fields, forests, ponds, pools and streams, play games, and do craft projects! In our Forest Camp for rising first, second and third graders, we will explore, observe, splash around in, and learn about the ecosystems here. Children should be dressed for outdoor adventures and wet environments. They should bring a bag lunch (and perhaps a change of clothes?). Our woodland classroom -- the new yurt -- will be our forest base camp, and a…

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Mushroom Hunt for Youngsters

August 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT mushrooms

A walk and search for families with children. Families should bring baskets to gather mushrooms in.   Please preregister here for the Mushroom Hunt Program.

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Mushroom ID

August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10
VT mushroom

An ADULT workshop focusing on Identifying mushrooms: mycologist Sue Hook will have mushrooms to ID, and participants may bring in their own mushrooms as well.   Preregister here for the Mushroom ID Program.

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September 2020

Harvest Festival

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
saphouse, autum, fall foliage

Celebrate the harvest with food and games and lots to see! $3pp suggested donation.

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