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February 2020

WINTER IN THE WOODS: Kids’ Camp for Winter Vacation

February 18 @ 9:00 am - February 19 @ 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$50

February 18 & 19. 9am to 3pm. Winter Vacation Camp for children, grades 2 through 5. Come join our Winter-Break Day Camp for second through fifth graders. We'll explore the snowy woods, create wintry crafts and play! Merck Forest is a winter wonderland and you can come to camp for one day or both, from 9am to 3pm each day. Bring a bag lunch, water and snacks (we'll supply the hot chocolate!) and dress for outdoor play.  Space is limited,…

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June 2020

Game of Logging, Levels 3 & 4

June 27 @ 8:00 am - June 28 @ 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$380
vermont logging

* * NEW DATES * * *    Level 3 (6/27, 8am-4pm) focuses on limbing, bucking, and handling difficult trees. Level 4 (6/28, 8am-4pm) focuses on storm damage cleanup. These are field-based workshops and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water and a construction-type hard hat; be dressed for any weather conditions and wear sturdy work-boots. PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Enrollment…

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July 2020

Farm Chores for Children, 7/30/2020

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

$5 per person. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Register HERE.

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August 2020

Meet and Feed, 8/2/2020

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

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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Forest Day Camp (Session 2) for Rising 1st to 3rd Graders

August 3 @ 9:00 am - August 7 @ 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 Forest 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…

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Farm Chores for Children, 8/6/2020

August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

$5 per person. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Register HERE.

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Second Saturday Hike, 8/08

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

A hike in the woods, with a staff member to point out special features of the terrain and habitat. Fabulous!   Register Here.

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Meet and Feed, 8/9/2020

August 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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Farm Chores for Children, 8/13/2020

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

$5 per person. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Register HERE.

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Meet and Feed, 8/16/2020

August 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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Meet and Feed, 8/23/2020

August 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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Volunteer Work Party, 8/29

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free

Calling all volunteers for a day of trail stewardship on Saturday, 8/29, 10am-3pm  Love hiking at Merck Forest?  We do too! This time of year, when everything green is still growing fast, we try and touch up sections of trail where they need it most.  For this effort, we are looking for a crew of up to 12 folks willing to disperse to various parts of the property and address section of overgrown trail.   Bring your hiking shoes and a…

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Meet and Feed, 8/30/2020

August 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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September 2020

Merck Forest BioBlitz 2020

September 12 - September 13
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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FREE

Join fellow naturalists of all experience levels at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for two days of exploration of everything natural across any of 3167 acres of forests, fields, and waters. From experts to novices, all curious minds are welcome. The goal of this BioBlitz is to document as much natural life as possible on Merck Forest property over the weekend. Participation is as easy as taking a photo and recording date, time, and location, and uploading to iNaturalist.org via…

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Game of Logging: Basic Chainsaw Safety for Women

September 12 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$200
Forest health in Vermont

Pre-Level 1 (9/12, 8am - 4pm, tuition $200 pp) This is a course for women who have no prior experience in handling a chainsaw. Topics include training in how a chainsaw operates, basic maintenance, and bucking techniques.  It is excellent preparation for Levels 1 and 2, which will be offered in subsequent sessions. This is a field-based workshop and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water and…

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Game of Logging: Basic Chainsaw Safety

September 13 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$200
vermont logging

Basic/Pre-Level 1 (9/13, 8am - 4pm, tuition $200 pp). This is a course for people with no prior experience in handling a chainsaw. Topics include training in how a chainsaw operates, basic maintenance, and bucking techniques.  It is excellent preparation for Levels 1 and 2, which will be offered in subsequent sessions. This is a field-based workshop and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water and a construction-type…

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Meet and Feed, 9/13/2020

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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Game of Logging for Women: Levels 1 & 2

September 19 @ 8:00 am - September 20 @ 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$400
vermont stewards forest

Level 1 (9/19, 8am-4pm) focuses on introducing the participant to precision felling techniques. Registration for this course is available to adults and to teenagers aged 16 and up (with parental permission). Level 2 (9/20, 8am-4pm) focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance. These are field-based workshops and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water and a construction-type hard hat; be dressed for any weather conditions and wear sturdy work-boots. PLEASE…

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Nature Journalling: Capturing the Natural World

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25
vermont children outdoor learning

A chance to explore, observe and document phenomena of the natural world, through the creation of a nature journal. Gather data as a citizen scientist! Bring a lunch along and enjoy Merck's scenery as we first delve into a discussion of the background and basic techniques of nature journaling. After lunch we'll work through a number of nature journaling exercises that you can use anywhere, as we use the Northern Taconic landscape to make observations and document our findings through…

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Meet and Feed, 9/20/2020

September 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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Wilderness Wednesdays

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$200

A weekly exploration of the natural world for students in grades 4 – 6. Students will explore the landscape and document their journey through drawing and writing in nature journals. We’ll explore forests and woodland, dip in the pond, do some citizen science and collect data, all while having fun in the great outdoors. Activities align with the Next Generation Science Standards curricula. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. SESSION 1 DATES: September 23 & 30 and October 7 & 14, from…

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Game of Logging: Levels 1 & 2

September 26 @ 8:00 am - September 27 @ 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$400
vermont logging

Level 1 (9/26, 8am-4pm) focuses on introducing the participant to precision felling techniques. Registration for this course is available to adults and to teenagers aged 16 and up (with parental permission). Level 2 (9/27, 8am-4pm) focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance. These are field-based workshops and will be conducted in any weather conditions except for heavy snows, thunderstorms or high-wind conditions. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, water and a construction-type hard hat; be dressed for any weather conditions and wear sturdy work-boots. PLEASE…

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Volunteer Work Party, 9/26

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
trailwork, maintenance, safety

A work party in the woods or on the farm -- what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Register HERE.  

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Meet and Feed, 9/27/2020

September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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October 2020

Meet and Feed, 10/04/2020

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

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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Second Saturday Hike, 10/10/2020

October 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

A hike in the woods, with a staff member to point out special features of the terrain and habitat. Fabulous!   Please register HERE.

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Meet and Feed, 10/11/2020

October 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Sunday afternoons, June 7 through October 11 Join Merck staff on Sunday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. $5pp. Your registration must indicate how many people -- children AND adults -- are in your party.  Children must be accompanied by at least one paid adult (except for day camp), and registration count and fee(s) must include EACH member of your party. Click HERE…

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