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Meet & Feed Sundays

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Bring your family to 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. Admission is $5 per person (except babes in arms); due to the low cost of the program, refunds are not available, unless event …

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$5

FIELD & FOREST CAMP: Rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd Graders (6/27-7/1)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

For children entering Grades 1, 2 and 3. Limited to 10 campers. June 27 – July 1, 9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250. Join us as we explore and experience ponds and streams, pastures and berry patches, and trails and woods. We’ll spend time on creative crafting projects, daily hikes and excursions, hands-on experiences, cooperative games …

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$250
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Meet and Feed Thursdays

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Bring your family to join Merck staff on Thursday afternoons as they go about afternoon chores feeding our animals. Get to know our sheep, horses, chickens, and pigs during our daily routine. Admission is $5 per person (except babes in arms); due to the low cost of the program, refunds are not available, unless event …

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$5

DRAGONFLIES & CATTAILS CAMP (July 11-15)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Children entering Grades 1, 2, 3. Limited to 10 campers 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 …

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$250

FIELD & FOREST CAMP: Rising 4th, 5th, 6th Graders (7/11)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

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 …

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$250

Ecology Open House & BioBlitz

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Join us for a summer celebration of ecology at MFFC! Explore the various ecosystems we have within a half-mile of our farm, and, in the spirit of a Bioblitz, learn how you, too, can become a citizen scientist and contribute to an evergrowing bank of knowledge. The day will include ecology-focused activities for the whole …

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$3

FIELD AND FOREST CAMP: Rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd Graders (July 18-22)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

For children entering Grades 1, 2 & 3. Limited to 10 campers. July 18 – 22, 9am – 3pm. Tuition: $250. Join us as we explore and experience ponds and streams, pastures and berry patches, and trails and woods. We’ll spend time on creative crafting projects, daily hikes and excursions, hands-on experiences, cooperative games and …

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$250

Aqua Camp: Rising 4th, 5th, 6th Graders (July 18 – 22)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

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 …

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$250

Mushroom Workshop for Kids

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

A walk and search for families with kids. Families should bring baskets to gather mushrooms in. Due to the low cost of the program, refunds are not available, unless event is cancelled by MFFC. Register your family members HERE.

$10

Mushroom ID for Adults

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

An adult workshop focusing on identifying mushrooms. Participants gain responsible foraging skills as they learn to identify a variety of fungi, including edible and non-edible fungi. Mycologist and Board President Sue VanHook will be bringing mushrooms in to be ID'ed, but participants are encouraged to forage and bring in their own mushrooms as well. Due to …

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$10

TRAIL CREW CAMP: Rising 7th, 8th Graders (7/25-29)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

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 …

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$250

Volunteer Work Party

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Join Merck staff as we tackle projects around the landscape. From stacking wood and weeding to trail maintenence and tending our blueberries and raspberries, we'll dig in and get our hands dirty together. Click HERE to register for the fun.

Free

Field & Forest Camp: Rising 4th, 5th, 6th Graders (August 1 – 5)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

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 …

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$250

Mushroom Workshop for Kids

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

A walk and search for families with kids. Families should bring baskets to gather mushrooms in. Due to the low cost of the program, refunds are not available, unless event is cancelled by MFFC. Register your family members HERE.

$10

Mushroom ID for Adults

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

An adult workshop focusing on identifying mushrooms. Participants gain responsible foraging skills as they learn to identify a variety of fungi, including edible and non-edible fungi. Mycologist and Board President Sue VanHook will be bringing mushrooms in to be ID'ed, but participants are encouraged to forage and bring in their own mushrooms as well. Due to …

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$10

Volunteer Work Party

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Join Merck staff as we tackle projects around the landscape. From stacking wood and weeding to trail maintenence and tending our blueberries and raspberries, we'll dig in and get our hands dirty together.   Click HERE to register for the fun.

Free

Pollinators: Monarch Monitoring Network Tagging

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Join us as we investigate the pollinators of Merck Forest, exploring some of the habitats and hangouts of these critical critters. We'll try our hands at catching and tagging monarch butterflies, and search for and observe other pollinators at work. $10pp. Register HERE.

$10

Harvest Festival

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Join us for an autumn celebration of forests and timber at MFFC! Explore the woods, see our timber processing equipment, and learn about all the ways that trees and forests are part of our lives. The day will include forest-focused activities for the whole family. Keep an eye on merckforest.org or our Facebook page for …

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$3

Fairy House Workshop (Outside)

Merck Forest & Farmland 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vermont

Come spend some time in the woods creatively constructing tiny homes and structures with natural materials. From a mix of provided building materials and items foraged from the forest floor, we'll imagine, build our own structures, and learn about the other tiny animal architects that live at Merck Forest. Children must be accompanied by at …

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$10