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August 2018

Farm Chores for Children

August 2, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Thursday afternoons during the summer ('til August 16), 2-4pm. Back by popular demand! Children will assist the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center with afternoon chores: they will feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $5 per person

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September 2018

Harvest Festival & ContraDance

September 15, 2018 @ 1:00 am - 7:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
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Join us to celebrate the bounty of the harvest season! We'll have a day of fun activities on the farm, featuring wagon rides food games farm-skill demonstrations, and nature explorations. At 3 pm we'll be kicking it into high gear for a ContraDance in the Saphouse. ($3 suggested donation per person includes admission to the ContraDance.)

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November 2018

FOREST MAKERS: Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (for children)

November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes: tiny houses for wee creatures created by small builders. Construction materials and tools are provided for a 5"-6" domicile, but your construction crew may bring additional materials from home to embellish their creation. Children must be accompanied by an adult companion; workshop is limited to 15 groups -- register soon!

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FOREST MAKERS: Wreath-Making (Morning or Afternoon)

November 30, 2018 - December 1, 2018
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25

Gather up friends and/or family and kick off the holiday season with our popular Wreath-Making Workshop. On Saturday, December 1st, Chris Hubbard will conduct wreath-making classes from 10am to noon, and again from 1 to 3pm; choose whichever session suits your schedule. Wreathes are created on 14-inch frames; finished dimensions are limited only by your creativity. Ribbons, evergreens boughs, other natural materials and tools will be furnished, but you are encouraged to bring along your own decorations to personalize your…

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January 2019

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

January 19 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 am
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 HIKES: Animal Tracking Workshop

January 26 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 am
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

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 Day 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, from 9am to 3pm each day. 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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March 2019

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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April 2019

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

Meet the Lambs

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
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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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