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August 2019

Farm Chores for Children

August 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT kids chores

On Thursday afternoons through the summer, children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. These farm-centered "workshops" are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands-dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please pre-register early, because participation is limited.

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Second Saturday Guided Hike to Mount Antone

August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
scenic view of VT

This hike is a commitment, as you'll spend approximately four hours on the trail. But the views are worth it. Participants must have appropriate footgear, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting.

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Farm Chores for Children

August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
vermont farm chicken

On Thursday afternoons through the summer, children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. These farm-centered "workshops" are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands-dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please pre-register early, because participation is limited. Cost is $5…

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Who Lives on our Farm?

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
horse vermont

Meet our farm residents during Vermont's Open Farm Week: cuddle a chicken, hug a lamb, pet a horse. Learn what makes each animal unique and how we take care of them.

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Mushroom Hunt for Youngsters

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT mushrooms

A walk and search for families with children. Families should bring baskets to gather mushrooms in.

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Mushroom ID

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10
VT mushroom

An ADULT workshop focusing on ID'ing mushrooms: mycologist Sue Hook will have mushrooms to ID, and participants may bring in their own mushrooms as well.

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Creek Exploration Program

August 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
vermont hiking trail

What's splashing about in backcountry creeks? Find out with Merck staff. We'll meet up at the South Gate, and discuss &  explore the water cycle and how it relates to the creek. Be prepared to get wet.

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Volunteer Workparty Saturday

August 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
trailwork, maintenance, safety

On the last Saturday of the month: work with great people in the great big beautiful out-of-doors. Come join the crew!

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September 2019

Nature Journalling Workshop

September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Participants will first learn to create their own nature journals, and then learn how to create entries for their journals, making observations and "making marks on paper" - whether by writing about or by drawing what is seen.

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Second Saturday Hike

September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

This hike will be of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting.

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