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July 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?

July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Come spend some time at the Children's Garden up on the farm. We'll do some planting, make some craft-y additions for the garden, and taste some of the seasonal harvest together.  Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult companion. $5pp.

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Summer Forest Day Camp

July 22 @ 9:00 am - July 26 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$250

Adventures in the forest are in store for rising first-, second- and third-grade campers. We'll tramp through the woods to find who lives and grows here, learn some wilderness survival skills, and discover what makes the forest a special place. We'll play games, tell stories, hone our powers of observation and learn what the forest has to offer. Our woodland classroom -- the new yurt -- will be our forest base camp, and a Vermont-certified educator will be on the…

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Farm Chores for Children

July 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

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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Bats! Bats! Bats!

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$5

Learn about bats with a 45 minute presentation by Alyssa Bennett, Vermont's Fish and Wildlife state bat biologist, then  walk up to farm to observe these spectacular animals perform their nightly acrobatics on the farm.

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Bio-Blitz at Merck Forest for Volunteers

July 27
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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FREE

Work as a citizen scientist for the day! We will offer instruction in the use of iNaturalist's documentation application, then participants will go into the field to observe and record information on animal species at Merck Forest. What a great way to spend the last Saturday of the month: working with great people in the great big beautiful out-of-doors to enhance our knowledge of the animal inhabitants of our forest. Come join the crew!

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August 2019

Farm Chores for Children

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

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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Touch a Tractor

August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Big noisy machines and wide wide meadows. What small child wouldn't love a photo op on one of our pieces of farm equipment ... with proper supervision, of course. Plan to spend the afternoon visiting our farm, then enjoy a bluegrass concert in the evening.

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Bluegrass Concert

August 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free

Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing return to Merck Forest and Farmland Center! Over the past five years the band has gained a reputation as one of New England’s hottest bluegrass bands, featuring stellar vocals, rock-solid instrumentation, Bob’s top notch original material as well as unique arrangements of some bluegrass classics. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy on the west-facing meadow above the saphouse, and prepare yourself for a toe-tapping good time.

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Eco Day Camp

August 5 @ 9:00 am - August 9 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$250
children activities, kids, pond, fun

Oh joy! Five days to explore farm, fields, forests, ponds, pools and streams, play games, and do craft projects! In our Eco-Camp for rising first, second and third graders, we will explore, observe, splash around in, and learn about the ecosystems here. Children should be dressed for outdoor adventures and wet environments. They should bring a bag lunch (and perhaps a change of clothes?). Our woodland classroom -- the new yurt -- will be our forest base camp, and a Vermont-certified…

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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

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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