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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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October 2018

Volunteer Super Saturday Workday

October 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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trailwork, maintenance, safety

Some of our best memories are of working with Volunteer friends to improve the Merck experience. So on the last Saturday of each month we'll pick a new project on our trails or on the farm, and work together to git-er-done. Weather-permitting, of course. Bring a hearty lunch!

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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: Fairy Houses (for Adults)

November 17, 2018 @ 4:00 am - 7:00 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes: tiny houses for wee creatures, designed and built by you. The afternoon will begin with a ramble through the woods to collect materials to embellish your creation; additional construction materials and tools for a 15-inch (or so) structure are provided.  Limited to 8 construction zones -- 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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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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April 2019

Bluebird Workshop & Bird-House Build

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25
child building birdhouse vermont

Learn about bluebirds and other species which face challenges due to the reversion of farm fields back to forest habitats. Then assemble your very own bluebird house to take home. Construction crews with children must have an adult "construction foreperson" as part of the crew. Please bring hammers and eye protection (Merck Forest will have some of both available), and call 802-394-7836 to pre-register.

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May 2019

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. Optional housing for participants Friday and Saturday night at the Barn Cabins at the rate of $10/person/night. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Preference will be given to participants who enroll for both levels: individuals seeking only Level 1 will be placed on a waiting list.…

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