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February 2020

WINTER IN THE WOODS: Kids’ Camp for Winter Vacation

February 18 @ 9:00 am - February 19 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$50

February 18 & 19. 9am to 3pm. Winter Vacation Camp for children, grades 2 through 5. Come join our Winter-Break Day Camp for second through fifth graders. We'll explore the snowy woods, create wintry crafts and play! Merck Forest is a winter wonderland and you can come to camp for one day or both, from 9am to 3pm each day. Bring a bag lunch, water and snacks (we'll supply the hot chocolate!) and dress for outdoor play.  Space is limited,…

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Owl Presentation & Hike

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

2/22/20.  We'll start the evening with a presentation about the owls found in our region and then we'll hike out to find some of these magnificent raptors. Dress warmly, with layers, and be ready to do some hiking. $5pp. Register For the Owl Hike HERE.

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March 2020

Maple Madness for Children

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10
VT kids activities

Let's find out what sugaring and maple trees are all about! This is a sap-to-syrup program with games and story-telling, a tapping demonstration, a sap house tour  (if we're very lucky and the weather conditions are just right, we may even get to watch the sugar makers at work!), and finally, a tasting to savor the sweet product of our maple trees. Part of the program is outside, so participants should be dressed for the weather; children must be accompanied…

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Full Worm Moon Hike

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
hikes in VT

3/14/2020. Full Worm Moon Hike. The earth is stirring beneath our feet at this time of year, but there might still be enough snow to snowshoe. This will be a  moderate staff-guided hike over (potentially) moonlit trails. Dress for any weather contingency, and bring water and snacks. $5pp. Register for the Full Worm Moon hike HERE.

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Maple Celebration & Pancake Breakfast

March 21 @ 9:00 am - March 22 @ 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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3/21-22/2020 Maple Celebration/Pancake breakfast. This weekend we celebrate ALL THINGS MAPLE, with our fabulous pancake breakfast (featuring our own pasture-raised pork sausage and certified-organic Maple Syrup). It is a plain-old good time. $10pp (12 & up), $5 (5yrs to 11yrs), under 5yrs free.    

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Vernal Pool Ecology

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT vernal pool

So what exactly is a "vernal pool" and why are vernal pools important? Conservation manager Tim Duclos has the answers -- and he'll tell you all about them in this discussion of a very specialized habitat, the species who rely on it, and what we can do to take care of them all. Sign up for the Vernal Pool Ecology talk HERE.

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April 2020

Chicks & Eggs for Children

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10
vermont farm visit

4/4/20 10am to noon. Chicks & Eggs for Children. Bring your youngsters to meet our feathered friends: Everybody will have a chance to hold a chicken, to collect some eggs, and then to dye them using natural dyes. Children must be accompanied by an adult companion. $10 per child. Enrollment for this program is limited (so as not to over-tax the chickens). Register early HERE.  

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep: Farm Program for Children

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10
animal products

4/4/20, 1pm - 3pm Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Bring your children to meet our fleecy flock -- and to create felt using wool from our sheep. Children must be accompanied by an adult companion. Admission: $10 per child.   Registration is limited, so sign up early HERE.

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Second Saturday Hike 4/11

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

4/11/20 This staff-guided hike is a tossup - will wintry conditions prevail, or will balmy breezes wake up the sleeping earth? Either way we'll venture out into the landscape for a moderate jaunt to free our winter-bound spirits. Dress wisely. $5pp Preregister for the Second Saturday Hike HERE.

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Spring Break on the Farm: Day Camp for Children

April 14 @ 9:00 am - April 16 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3 – $125
VT kids chores

4/14, 15, 16  Vacation Day Camp for 2nd through 5th graders. We'll be based out of the Visitor Center and the Yurt as we get curious and explore the farm and play in and around the woods at the Discovery Trail. We'll meet and learn about the animals that live on our farm and in our pond, do some crafts, and go hiking and exploring. Bring your lunch, a snack, and water. $50/day or $125 for all 3 days per…

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Volunteer Work Party 4/25

April 25 @ 10:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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FREE
volunteers vermont farm

4/25/20. Join the crew! We'll start with mulching the raspberries, but there might be other tasks to tackle as well. Dress for outdoor work, and bring water, snacks, a bag lunch and work gloves.   Please Preregister HERE for the Volunteer WorkParty.

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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
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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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

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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