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


To learn more about the details of an event which interests you, please call the Visitor Center at 802-394-7836. Advance reservations--made on a first-come first-served basis--are necessary for many events due to space limitations or scheduling considerations. Payment in full is due upon registration; membership discounts apply to many events.

For outdoor events, please dress for the weather: sturdy shoes/boots, layered clothing, snow/raingear, flashlight/headlamp, snacks and water. Outdoor events are held weather-permitting.

Winter Sleigh Rides. Arch & Fern are looking forward to welcoming you to a special experience at Merck Forest (once there's a snowpack): on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and selected Saturdays through the winter, they will draw our newly-redesigned sweetheart sleigh across the winter landscape at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

The trip costs $150 (flat rate) for a 1-hour ride for up to 5 adults. Sleigh rides will run only if weather permits; no rides will be scheduled for Christmas or New Year's day. Call 802-394-7836 for reservations and additional information; 24-hour advance notice is required. 

Gnome Homes & Fairy Houses. November 18, 1-4:00pm, $25 per house. Spend the afternoon creating log homes and the wee folk to live in them! We'll start with a brief hike in the woods to gather natural materials to embellish your creation; other materials and tools to make two fairy/gnome creatures will be provided. Space is limited, so pre-registration is suggested.

Wreath-Making Workshop. December 2, 10am-noon or 1-3pm, $25 per wreath. Ring in the holidays with this popular family event. Space is limited, so pre-registration is suggested.

Winter Tree ID Walk. December 9, 1-3pm, FREE. Co-Sponsored with the Vermont Woodlands Association. Looking to learn more about how to identify trees and shrubs in our winter landscape? Winter tree identification can be tricky, but with some key tips, attendees of this hands-on workshop will be well on their way to expanding their skills as naturalists. Dress for the weather and remember to bring water and snacks. The program is free and family friendly.

Questions call: 802-747-7900 or email

Tracking Workshop. January 27, 10am-12noon, $5pp. Find out who's out and about in the winter landscape.

Evening Hike. December 3, 6-8pm, $3pp. Bring a headlamp and yaktrax and wander through the winter landscape. Weather-dependent; be sure to dress properly and bring snacks & water.

Maple Celebration/Pancake Breakfast. March 24 & 25, 9am-2pm. Save the date! Our fabulous Maple Celebration features our own sausage and syrup, and is a terrific way to send Old Man Winter packing.

Evening Hike. March 3, 6-8pm, $3pp. Bring a headlamp, dress properly and bring snacks & water.




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