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April 2019

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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Bluebird Workshop & Bird-House Build

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25
child building birdhouse vermont

Learn about bluebirds and other species which face challenges due to the reversion of farm fields back to forest habitats. Then assemble your very own bluebird house to take home. Construction crews with children must have an adult "construction foreperson" as part of the crew. Please bring hammers and eye protection (Merck Forest will have some of both available), and call 802-394-7836 to pre-register.

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May 2019

SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR Course

May 4 @ 8:30 am - May 5 @ 5:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$200 – $240

Participants successfully completing this SOLO Wilderness program will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid or re-certification for Wilderness First Responders. The CPR Module is available for an additional cost of $40 (runs a little later that the First Aid course). May 4-5, 8:30am to 5pm each day, $200 ($240 with optional CPR Module). Pre-registration is required (contact Chris at christine@merckforest.org) and space is limited; bring a bag lunch. (Housing in the Barn Cabins is available for participants (Friday and Saturday…

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Second Saturday Hike: Looking for Spring Ephemerals

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Spring ephemerals should be in bloom! This staff-guided hike will be of moderate difficulty and will take place even if it’s raining. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather with sturdy footgear, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; Fee: $5 per person.

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Meet the Lambs

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
animal farm vermont

Have your little lambs meet our little lambs: this is a popular event with the wee folk who are just learning about farm animals and prefer them pint-sized. This family-friendly event features our new lambs, but there will be plenty of other activities for children, including pond explorations and horse-drawn wagon rides.  Suggested Donation: $3pp.

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Game of Logging: Chainsaw Safety Training

May 25 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Forest health in Vermont

Level 1 (5/25, 8am-4pm, tuition $180 pp) focuses on introducing the participant to precision felling techniques. Level 2 (5/25, 8am-4pm, tuition $180 pp) focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance. Successful completion of Level I is required. Optional housing for participants Friday and Saturday night at the Barn Cabins at the rate of $10/person/night. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Preference will be given to participants who enroll for both levels: individuals seeking only Level 1 will be placed on a waiting list.…

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Changes in the Vermont Landscape: Hike

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

A hike to explore the historical, cultural, social aspects of land changes in Vermont and at Merck Forest, along the Farm and Discovery trails. This hike will be of moderate difficulty and will take place weather-permitting; participants should have water & snacks, sturdy footgear, and be prepared for the weather.

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June 2019

Raise the Roof at Clark’s Clearing Cabin

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

It's an all-hands-on-deck kind of project as Dylan dis-assembles, transports, and then re-assembles the timber-framed woodshed up at Clarks Clearing Cabin. Come join the fun -- bring a lunch, water, insect repellant and work gloves. 

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Second Saturday Hike: Visit the Thoreau Cabin

June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
vermont hiking trail

This guided hike follows our Annual meeting and will be led by the Executive Director, Rob Terry. The route up to the Thoreau cabin will be of moderate difficulty, and will take place even if it's raining. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather with sturdy footgear, water and snacks.

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Explore Page Pond

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

What's splashing about in Page Pond? We'll find in this interesting (and a little damp!) program. Open to all ages.

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