Day Camp Information

Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Summer Camp Program

We believe that children thrive when given the freedom to immerse themselves in nature through exploration and guided discovery. By slowing down and using their senses to fully experience the world around them, campers develop a sense of curiosity, love and responsibility. Through this, they emerge with deeper empathy, a better sense of their place in the world, and the knowledge that they can make a difference.

CAMP IN THE TIME OF COVID

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are consulting with and following guidelines set forth by the CDC, the Vermont Department of Health, and the American Camp Association (ACA) regarding safe camp procedures for campers and staff.

View the ACA Field Guide for Camp HERE.

2022 Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

How to Register

  1. Review camp descriptions and dates below and choose the one that’s right for your child.
  2. Still have questions? See FAQs about Summer Camp
  3. Select, pay for, and reserve your spot at camp HERE
  4. Receive, complete, and return camp registration forms 30 days prior to camp beginning.
  5. Receive final confirmation. Your child is now registered — congratulations on completing camp registration!

 

 


JUNE 27 through July 1: FIELD AND FOREST CAMP

For children entering Grades 1, 2 and 3.
FULLY ENROLLED. Email learn@merckforest.org to be waitlisted.
June 27 – July 1, 9am – 3pm.
Tuition: $250.

Join us as we explore and experience the highlights of MFFC: from ponds and streams, to pastures and berry patches, to trails and woods. We’ll spend time on creative crafting projects, daily hikes and excursions, hands-on experiences, cooperative games and play, and activities focused on observing and investigating Merck’s many habitats and inhabitants.

Campers will get their hands dirty constructing fairy houses, get up close and personal with trees, pick berries from bushes, dip nets in Page Pond, and visit the pastures where our farm animals live. 
Each camp day starts and ends at our forest yurt, with excursions and activities taking us to visit other on-site destinations through the week.


JULY 11 through 15: DRAGONFLIES & CATTAILS CAMP

Children entering Grades 1, 2, 3.
FULLY ENROLLED. Email learn@merckforest.org to be waitlisted.
July 11 to 15, 9am – 3pm.
Tuition: $250

Come along with us for a week of discovery and exploration in Merck Forest’s ponds, streams, puddles, and other worlds of water. Through games and imaginative play, campers will discover the qualities of water, the creatures who live in and around these watery habitats, and how those animals are adapted to live in an aquatic world. Campers will scoop up salamanders and frogs, captures caddis flies, and play in babbling brooks, as they engage in hands-on aquatic-related activities.

 
July 11 through July 15: FIELD & FOREST CAMP
vermont outdoor child education

For children entering Grades 4, 5 & 6.
Limited to 10 campers.
July 11 – July 15, 9am – 3pm.
Tuition: $250

Join us as we explore and experience the highlights of MFFC: from ponds and streams, to pastures and berry patches, to trails and woods. We’ll spend time on creative crafting projects, daily hikes and excursions, hands-on experiences, cooperative games and play, and activities focused on observing and investigating Merck’s many habitats and inhabitants. 

Campers will build outdoor skills, hone their powers of observation and inquiry, and explore each corner of Merck Forest that we visit. Each camp day starts and ends at our forest yurt, with excursions and activities taking us to visit other on-site destinations through the week.

 
July 18 through 22: FIELD AND FOREST CAMP

For children entering Grades 1, 2 & 3.
FULLY ENROLLED. Email learn@merckforest.org to be waitlisted.
July 18 – 22, 9am – 3pm.
Tuition: $250.

Join us as we explore and experience the highlights of MFFC: from ponds and streams, to pastures and berry patches, to trails and woods. We’ll spend time on creative crafting projects, daily hikes and excursions, hands-on experiences, cooperative games and play, and activities focused on observing and investigating Merck’s many habitats and inhabitants. Campers will get their hands dirty constructing fairy houses, get up close and personal with trees, pick berries from bushes, dip nets in Page Pond, and visit the pastures where our farm animals live. Each camp day starts and ends at our forest yurt, with excursions and activities taking us to visit other on-site destinations through the week.

 
July 18 through 22: AQUA CAMP

For children entering Grades 4, 5 & 6.
Limited to 10 campers.
July 18 – 22, 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Tuition: $250

Campers will explore the inhabitants of the streams and ponds of Merck Forest and how they are interdependent. Through inquiry and observation, they will deepen their knowledge of the importance of mountain streams, pond ecosystems, and the interdependence of aquatic life.

Campers will explore water in its many forms, monitoring waterways, inventorying invertebrates and collecting amphibians as they engage in hands-on aquatic-related activities.

 
July 25 through 29: TRAIL CREW CAMP

For children entering Grades 7 & 8.
Limited to 8 campers.
July 25 – 29, 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Tuition: $250

Trail crew members will trek through field and forest, learning how to steward working lands. Through hands-on explorations and projects, they’ll develop practical backcountry and primitive skills, engage in citizen science, and participate in service-learning projects. Crew members will navigate with map and compass, construct shelters, lop invasives and tackle trail work as they explore the front- and backcountry of Merck Forest.

 

 
August 1 through 5: FIELD AND FOREST CAMP
VT outdoor skills

For children entering Grades 4,5 & 6.
August 1 through 5, 9am – 3pm.
Tuition: $250

Join us as we explore and experience the highlights of MFFC: from ponds and streams, to pastures and berry patches, to trails and woods. We’ll spend time on creative crafting projects, daily hikes and excursions, hands-on experiences, cooperative games and play, and activities focused on observing and investigating Merck’s many habitats and inhabitants. 

Campers will build outdoor skills, hone their powers of observation and inquiry, and explore each corner of Merck Forest that we visit. Each camp day starts and ends at our forest yurt, with excursions and activities taking us to visit other on-site destinations through the week.

If, after reviewing the documents in the registration packet, you have questions or require additional information,
contact Education Director Christine Hubbard at 802-394-2519 or christine@merckforest.org .