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July 2019

Farm Chores for Children

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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$5
VT chores

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. Cost is $5…

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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
kids on a farm

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
VT kids spring activities

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
VT farm chores

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 @ 12:00 pm - July 28 @ 12:00 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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FREE

Calling all adventurers, naturalists and curious minds! Join experts and friends at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for any or all of 24 hours between noon Saturday, July 27th, to noon Sunday, July 28th, for both guided and self-led exploration of life on MFFC's 3200-acre property. Bring friends and family to explore and celebrate the diverse community of insects, birds, trees, flowers, fungi, reptiles and amphibians, and anything big and small in-between; make sure to sign up for one or more of…

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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
VT chores on the farm

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
VT tractor

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.     Click here to Register for Touch a Tractor.

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Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing Return to Merck Forest!

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merck Forest & Farmland, 3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont 05768
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Free
VT bands

Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing are again featured in our free summer bluegrass concert. 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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