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February 2019

GUIDED HIKE: Full Snow Moon

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Join us on a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape to view the full Snow Moon. This hike will be of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. Held weather-permitting.

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WINTER IN THE WOODS: Vacation Camp for Children

February 19 @ 9:00 am - February 21 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$50 – $125

Come join our Winter-Break Day Camp for second through fifth graders. We'll explore the snowy woods, create wintry crafts and play play play! Merck Forest is a winter wonderland and you can come to camp for one day or all three, from 9am to 3pm each day. Bring a bag lunch (we'll furnish snacks) and dress for outdoor play.  Space is limited, so call at 802-394-7836 or email christine@merckforest.org to register. Fee: $50 / day or $125 for 3 days  

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GUIDED WALK: Owl Presentation and Walk

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Whooo's looking for company in our late winter landscape? Well, the Barred owls are, the Great Horned owls, and whooo knows whooo else. If we're lucky we'll be able to listen in on the conversation of one or another feathered couple. We'll start in the Visitor Center with a presentation featuring owls native to the Northeast, then we'll hike out in hopes of finding some courting couples. Participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5…

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Second Saturday Hike

February 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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March 2019

Vernal Pool Monitoring Workshop

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free

Vernal pools are unique, ephemeral wetlands that provide critical habitat for many species, particularly pool-breeding amphibians and invertebrates. Landowners and private citizens have the opportunity to make a big difference in vernal pool conservation by protecting a single pool or complex of pools on their property or in their local community. Alex Wells of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) will conduct a workshop to train citizen scientists to monitor these special wetland habitats, using the VCE's monitoring protocols. This…

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Maple Madness for Children

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10

Let's find out what sugaring and maple trees are all about! This is a sap-to-syrup program; youngsters will see a tapping demonstration, tour the sap house to see the evaporator and equipment (if we're very lucky and the weather conditions are just right, we may even get to watch the sugar makers at work!), and then taste the sweet product of our maple trees. Since we'll be outside, children must be dressed for the weather, and must be accompanied by…

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(Almost) Full Moon Guided Hike

March 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Spring is imminent and the earth below your feet is stirring with life: this is the month of the Full Worm Moon. Join us on a staff-guided hike around the Visitor Center and farm, a hike of moderate difficulty. Participants must dress appropriately for the weather, with sturdy footgear, water and snacks.

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Maple Celebration Pancake Breakfast

March 23 @ 9:00 am - March 24 @ 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Hooray, it's coming -- Merck's Maple Celebration and Pancake Breakfast! It's all kinds of fun, with sugaring demonstrations, games for the kids, silent auction, wagon rides, and -- of course -- breakfast  (pancakes laced with the best maple syrup in the universe, eggs, Merck-produced breakfast sausage, coffee and orange juice). Don't sleep in this weekend, you don't want to miss a morsel! Breakfast is served from 9am to 2pm each day. Admission is $10 for teens and adults, $5 for…

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April 2019

Second Saturday Hike: Curing Cabin Fever

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Winter wearing you down? Need to get outside and sweep out the cobwebs? Join us on a staff-guided hike this afternoon to get rid of your cabin fever. 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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SPRING ON THE FARM: Day Camp for Children

April 16 @ 9:00 am - April 18 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Come join our Spring-Break Day Camp for second through fifth graders. Merck Farm is a wonderful place to welcome springtime: you can meet the new lambs, cuddle with chickens, and say hello to Fern and Arch, our draft horses. You'll get your hands dirty planting seeds, working with sheep's wool and discovering all that the farm has to offer. Come to camp for one day or all three; camp hours are 9am to 3pm each day. Bring a bag lunch…

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