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

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

To learn more about our upcoming events, call the Visitor Center at 802-394-7836.

Advance reservations--made on a first-come first-served basis--are required for most 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, snacks and water. All outdoor events are held weather permitting: if there's any question please call the Visitor Center to confirm that an event will be held.


Game of Logging: Chain Saw Safety Training Levels 1 and 2

LEVEL 1 Date/Time: Saturday, April 30, 2016; 8am to 4pm.

LEVEL 2 Date/Time: Sunday, May 1, 2016, 8am to 4pm.

Cost: $175 per level; levels must be taken consecutively.

Classes are limited to 10 students per instructor. Registration preference will be given to students who enroll in two or more levels.

The professional instructors of Northeast Woodland Training, Incorporated, will conduct training in the latest and safest techniques to operate and maintain chain saws. Their curriculum is based on the internationally accepted "Game of Logging" program, and is designed to develop safe working skills through demonstration and one-on-one, hands-on practice. 

A detailed description of the material covered during each session, as well as an online registration form may be found at www.woodlandtraining.com . Students must bring a sound hard hat, lunch & water,sturdy working boots and weather/work appropriate clothing. The classes are rarely cancelled due to weather -- high winds, lightning and heavy rains exceptions but light rain/snow, heat/cold are acceptable conditions.


Spring Ephemerals Hike

Date/Time: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6pm.
Cost: Free.

Kathryn Lawrence will lead a walk through the fields and forest in search of spring ephemerals


A Gathering of One: a Sculpture by Rod Wilson

Date/Time: Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the Sap House, 4pm sharp.
Cost: Free.

Come experience a ceremonial opening in motion. This exposition of Rod Wilson's work takes place at exactly 4pm so punctuality is critical. Call 518-677-8955 for additional information.


Game of Logging: Chain Saw Safety Training Levels 3 and 4

LEVEL 3 Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 2016, 8am to 4pm.

LEVEL 4 Date/Time: Sunday, June 5, 2016, 8am to 4pm.

Cost: $175 per level; all levels must be taken consecutively.

Classes are limited to 10 students per instructor. Registration preference will be given to students who enroll in two or more levels.

The professional instructors of Northeast Woodland Training, Incorporated, will conduct training in the latest and safest techniques to operate and maintain chain saws. Their curriculum is based on the internationally accepted "Game of Logging" program, and is designed to develop safe working skills through demonstration and one-on-one, hands-on practice. 

A detailed description of the material covered during each session, as well as an online registration form may be found at www.woodlandtraining.com . Students must bring a sound hard hat, lunch & water,sturdy working boots and weather/work appropriate clothing. The classes are rarely cancelled due to weather -- high winds, lightning and heavy rains exceptions but light rain/snow, heat/cold are acceptable conditions.


Garden Club of Manchester Annual Bird Walk

Date/Time:  Wednesday, May 18, 2016; meet at Visitor Center at 7am.
Cost:  Free

Merck is a treasure trove for birders at this time of year. This easy walk is open to all.


Hike Under the Full Flower Moon

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2016,  6:30pm.
Cost: No Charge

Join Chris Hubbard for a three mile hike up to Viewpoint Cabin under the Full Flower Moon. The evening walk allows time to view blooming spring wildflowers, and to watch the moon rise.


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