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September 2018

Harvest Festival & ContraDance

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$3
animal products vermont, animals, petting

Join us to celebrate the bounty of the harvest season! We'll have a day of fun activities on the farm, featuring wagon rides food games farm-skill demonstrations, and nature explorations. At 3 pm we'll be kicking it into high gear for a ContraDance in the Saphouse. ($3 suggested donation per person includes admission to the ContraDance.)

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Ride for Rescue

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$45
vermont horseback riding

Register for the second annual Ride for Rescue to support the Dorset Equine Rescue. Admission is $45, and breakfast & lunch are included. Check dorsetequinerescue.org for details and to register. ABOUT THE DORSET EQUINE RESCUE The Dorset Equine Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in East Dorset, Vermont. We are dedicated to rescuing equines, restoring their health and wellness, and providing a natural environment in which they can heal both physically and mentally until they can be adopted into…

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Full Corn Moon Walk

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5.00
agriculture vermont food

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

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October 2018

Felting Workshop

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$30

Education Director Christine Hubbard will conduct a Felting Workshop on Saturday, October 13, from 1pm to 3. This will be a class in Basic Felting for teens and adults, and wool-wrapped castile soap scrubbies will be the project. Fee ($30pp) includes materials for up to three scrubbies. Pre-registration is suggested: call 802-394-7836 to reserve your place in the class.

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Full Hunter Moon Walk

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5

Full Hunter Moon Walk Join us on a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape. This hike will be of moderate difficulty and will take place only if weather conditions permit. Participants must be dressed appropriately for the weather with sturdy footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. October 20, 6pm to 8pm.  Reservations are requested; Fee: $5 per person.

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Volunteer Super Saturday Workday

October 27
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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trailwork, maintenance, safety

Some of our best memories are of working with Volunteer friends to improve the Merck experience. So on the last Saturday of each month we'll pick a new project on our trails or on the farm, and work together to git-er-done. Weather-permitting, of course. Bring a hearty lunch!

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November 2018

FOREST MAKERS: Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (for children)

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$10

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes: tiny houses for wee creatures created by small builders. Construction materials and tools are provided for a 5"-6" domicile, but your construction crew may bring additional materials from home to embellish their creation. Children must be accompanied by an adult companion; workshop is limited to 15 groups -- register soon!

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FOREST MAKERS: Fairy Houses (for Adults)

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes: tiny houses for wee creatures, designed and built by you. The afternoon will begin with a ramble through the woods to collect materials to embellish your creation; additional construction materials and tools for a 15-inch (or so) structure are provided.  Limited to 8 construction zones -- register soon!

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GUIDED HIKES: Full Beaver Moon

November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 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. 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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December 2018

FOREST MAKERS: Wreath-Making (Morning or Afternoon)

December 1
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$25

Gather up friends and/or family and kick off the holiday season with our popular Wreath-Making Workshop. On Saturday, December 1st, Chris Hubbard will conduct wreath-making classes from 10am to noon, and again from 1 to 3pm; choose whichever session suits your schedule. Wreathes are created on 14-inch frames; finished dimensions are limited only by your creativity. Ribbons, evergreens boughs, other natural materials and tools will be furnished, but you are encouraged to bring along your own decorations to personalize your…

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