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November 2019

Full Moon Guided Hike

November 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
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This is the month of the full Beaver Moon. Our staff-guided hike will be of moderate difficulty. Participants must dress appropriately for the weather, with sturdy footgear, headlamp or flashlight, water and snacks.   Please Register for the Full Moon Hike HERE.

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December 2019

Full Cold Moon Hike

December 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

This staff-guided hike will be of moderate difficulty. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather -- keep in mind that it's not called the "Cold Moon" for nothing! Have sturdy footgear, micro-spikes and a headlamp or flashlight.   Please register for the hike here.

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January 2020

Full Wolf Moon Hike

January 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5.00
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A moderate hike (or snowshoe -- depending upon snow cover) on moonlit trails. Dress for the cold and have sturdy footgear, micro-spikes/snowshoes, water & snacks, and a headlamp or flashlight. $5pp.   Register for the Full Wolf Moon Hike HERE.

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Tracking Workshop

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5.00
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We'll hike across snowfields and into the woods to find … whatever has come before. Held weather-permitting. Dress for the cold and have sturdy footgear, micro-spikes/snowshoes, water & snacks. $5pp.   Register for the Tracking Workshop HERE.

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February 2020

GMC Snowshoe Hike to the Thoreau Cabin

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Meet at the south end of Shaw's parking lot at 9 am or at Merck Forest's Visitor Center at 9:30 am. Snowshoe out to Thoreau Cabin and back. Trip is about 4 miles total with several hundred feet of up and down. This is a moderate trip. Bring extra layers, wool or fleece hat, snacks, lunch, fluids. RSVP required to Keld Alstrup  at 802-362-1422.

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Full Snow Moon Hike

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
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2/8/2020. Staff-guided hike/snowshoe (snow-cover-dependent) across the winter landscape. If the sky is clear, the trails will be moon-lit, and the evening air cold so dress warmly! The snow conditions will dictate whether this is a micro-spike- or a snowshoe hike: bring both if you have 'em, as well as water, snacks and a headlamp/flashlight. $5pp. Register for the Full Snow Moon Hike HERE.

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Winter Bird Ecology 101

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Who, Where, How -- and most of all -- Why do resident bird species overwinter in southern Vermont's challenging habitat? Join conservation manager Tim Duclos* for a discussion of their adaptive strategies; his talk will be of interest to birders, conservationists, and even youngsters with a particular affinity for our feathered neighbors. Sign up for the lecture HERE. *Tim is a published ecologist with a particular interest in the impacts of climate change on avian survival.

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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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