Merck Forest and Farm Center Farm Management Rupert Vermont
Teaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland


Apple Tree Pruning Workshop at Merck Forest
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9 am - noon
Cost: $20/person, $18/members

Come learn to how to prune your apple trees! For the second year running, Rico Balzano, of Little Lake Orchard, Wells, Vermont will teach participants how to care for, prune, and maintain apple trees. Please, bring your own tools and gloves, and come prepared to be outside. Registration is required.

For more information call 802.394.7836

Sleigh Rides - through March 2015

Tis' the season for sweaters, carols, mugs of hot cider, and... one (and two) horse open sleighs! With ample snow and great views, a sleigh ride is a wonderful way to see Merck's farm and forest. Wool blankets are provided for extra warmth, and hot drinks and a cozy fire are available in the Visitor Center at the end of the ride. We have two options for you to choose from:

  1. Sweetheart Sleigh
    The Sweetheart Sleigh seats two adults, and costs $150.00 for a forty-five minute tour. This sleigh travels through the forest and around the farm—on a clear day, you'll be afforded wonderful views.
  2. Group Sleigh
    The Group Sleigh is available for groups as large as twelve people. There is a flat fee of $185.00 to reserve the sleigh. Tours last for approximately forty-five minutes and travel wooded paths and across the open pastures on the farm.

If you plan on reserving a sleigh ride, call ahead. We cannot guarantee that walk-ins will be able to be accommodated.

It's always best to come dressed for the cold! Usually the mountaintop is colder than down in the valleys, and the weather at Merck Forest can be variable. Merck Forest reserves the right to cancel a sleigh ride ride due to inclement weather or lack of snow--We will notify guests at least an hour prior to reserved time. We strongly encourage guests to call ahead, just to double check the sleigh will run.

For more information on the sleigh rides and how to reserve your sleigh, please call the Visitor Center at 802.394.7836.

Maple Celebration & Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10 am - 2 pm
Cost: $10/adult, $5/child ages 4-12, and under age 4 are FREE (tickets sold at door)

Sugaring time is a sweet season. The warming scent of boiling maple syrup hangs in the air around any sugar house, and the delicious smell is a promise of even more delicious maple syrup. Here at Merck Forest, along with the Bennington County Sugar Maker's Association, we like to honor Vermont's Maple Open House Weekend by having a Maple Celebration and Pancake Breakfast.

Between 10 am and 2 pm, we will offer our delicious breakfast spread of eggs, pancakes, and Merck Forest's own pork sausage and organic maple syrup. Coffee, tea, juice and milk will also be provided.

Children's activities will run at the farm, wagon rides will convey people to and from the sap house, and newborn lambs and little piglets will be romping around the farmyard.

If it is cold out, remember to dress warmly! 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Visitor Center by March 15, 2015.

For more information call 802.394.7836

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We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive annual support from Merck & Co. Inc.
We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law and are greatly appreciated!

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