Full Moon (Evening) Hike 1/17

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

The moon will be rising in the east tonight, and hopefully skies will be clear! Join us for a guided moon-lit hike on our trails on a wintery evening. Meet up at the Visitor Center at our main campus, at 3270 Route 315, in Rupert, on Monday, January 17. The hike will run from 5:30p …

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$10

Tracking Hike for Amateur Naturalists

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

This tracking workshop is geared toward amateur naturalists who want to learn about the wildlife that is active during winter. We'll meet up at the Visitor Center at 10:00am for a 2 hour exploration of our trails. Be sure to dress in layers, with warm footwear. Snowshoes or Microspikes are recommended, depending on trail conditions. …

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$10

Family Owl Workshop

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Kids (ages 5 and up) will learn about owls and their special adaptations through hands-on exploration: we'll start indoors with a short story about owl life, then we'll hike through the woods to listen for owls calling. Then we'll warm up inside, talk about what makes an owl an owl. Meet up at the Visitor Center …

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$10

Full Moon (Evening) Hike 2/16

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

The moon will be rising in the east tonight, and hopefully skies will be clear! Join us for a guided moon-lit hike on our trails on a wintery evening. Meet up at the Visitor Center. The hike will run from 5:30p until 7:00p. Bring a headlamp and dress warmly, with proper footwear, including Microspikes or …

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$10

Kids’ Tracking Workshop

Mettawee Campus 5788 VT-Route 153, West Pawlet, VT

Join us for a family-friendly tracking workshop, as we see who’s been out and about at our Mettawee Community School campus. We'll meet up at the Mettawee Community School northern parking lot, located at 5788 VT-Route 153 in West Pawlet, on Thursday, February 24, from 1:00 pm to 3. Be sure to dress in layers, with warm …

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$10

Spring Awakening: Vernal Pools and Spring Phenology

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Come along with us as we investigate phenology and  the arrival of spring in the water and woods at Merck Forest. We'll learn about, explore, and use iNaturalist and nature journaling to document spring flora and fauna during this interactive program. Meet at the Visitor Center on Saturday, April 9th; $10 per person. Space is limited …

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$10

Earth Day Kids’ Program

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

April is sheep shearing season at Merck Forest, and in the spirit of Earth Day we'll be using our own sheep's wool to create blue and green felted Earth balls in this hands-on crafty program. We'll meet at the Visitor Center and then start out with a visit to our flock and new lambs, then …

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$10

Game of Logging: Basic Chainsaw Use & Safety

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Basic Chainsaw Safety is the precursor to Game of Logging Level 1, and is designed for people who have no little to no prior chainsaw experience. Topics covered include the parts of a chainsaw, safety and basic maintenance. Chainsaw operation is limited to bucking, as students do not fell trees in this workshop. Participants must …

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$210

Meet the Lambs

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Green grass and gamboling lambs are abundant, and you're invited to come and visit our newest farm members, with plenty of activities for the family. Join us as we celebrate the new season. $3pp requested donation at the door. More details available soon -- check back periodically.

$3

Game of Logging: Basic Chainsaw Use and Safety (Women Only)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Basic Chainsaw Safety is the precursor to Game of Logging Level 1, and is designed for women who have no little to no prior chainsaw experience. Topics covered include the parts of a chainsaw, safety and basic maintenance. Chainsaw operation is limited to bucking, as students do not fell trees in this workshop. Participants must …

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$210

Game of Logging: Levels 1 & 2 (Coed)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Game of Logging Chainsaw Safety Levels 1 & 2 Level 1 focuses on precision fellling techiniques Level 2 focuses on Maximizing Saw Performance (Completion of Level 1 is a pre-requisite for taking this class.) Participants must bring their own PPE, including a safety helmet with face shield, eye and ear protection, and chaps, as well …

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$420

Wilderness First Aid Course

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

SOLO will teach a 2-day Wilderness First Aid course (Saturday and Sunday, 5/21 and 5/22) focusing on emergency backcountry skills, with the option of a CPR component for an additional fee and hours. Each day runs from 8:30a - 4:30 or 5:00pm, and the (optional) CPR session adds approximately 2 hours on Saturday. Recertification for SOLO Wilderness …

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$200