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; minimum 24-hour advance notice is required.

Adirondack Pack Basket Workshop. Saturday, March 10, 9am to 3pm. $75/person plus $35-$50 materials fees (price dependent upon accessories). Make your own pack basket with Bliss McIntosh's expert instruction. Bring your lunch, a pair scissors, a flexible tape measure, 6 or so clothespins, and -- optionally -- a favorite carving knife and some small Pony clamps. Call 802-394-7836 to reserve your spot in this class, which is limited to 12 participants and will almost certainly fill up fast. 

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. $10/adults, $5/children over 4.

SOLO WFA Training. April 28-29, 8:30am to 5pm, $200 ($240 with optional CPR Module). Pre-registration is required; bring a bag lunch.

Meet the Lambs. May 19, 9am to 3pm, Suggested Donation: $3pp. Have your little lambs meet our little lambs: this is a popular event with the wee folk who are just learning about farm animals and prefer them pint-sized. We’ll have food and games and lots to see.

Draft Horse Demonstrations. May 26-27. Details are still being worked out with the Green Mountain Draft Horse Club, but you’ll want to save this weekend, for sure!


Our hikes are typically of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. 

Owl Walk.   February 24, 4-6pm, $5pp. Whooo's looking for romance in our late winter landscape? Well, the Barred owls are, the Great Horned owls, and whooo knows whooo else. If we're lucky we'll be able to listen in on the conversation of one or another feathered couple.

Evening Hike. March 3, from 6pm to 8pm. $3/person. Join us on our evening walk, just after the appearance (on 3/01) of the Worm Moon. (Or the Crow Moon, or Crust Moon, or Sap Moon, if you prefer.) Whatever you call it, come dressed for the weather, and bring a headlamp, water and snacks.

Full Pink Moon Walk. March 31, 6pm to 8pm. $3/person.

Full Flower Moon Walk. April 28, 6pm to 8pm. $3/person.

Spring Ephemeral Walk. May 12, $5/person (morning hike, time TBD. Check this space closer to the date.)

Full Strawberry Moon Walk. May 26, time TBD. $3/person.

Full Buck Moon Walk. June 23, time TBD. $3/person.


Here are some activities designed to engage your youngsters in specific topic-oriented activities; each (family group) must be accompanied by an adult companion.  $10 per child or $25 for three.

Chicks and Eggs. April 7, 10am to noon. Visit the henhouse to learn about what those chickens are up to, then head back to the Visitor Center to learn how to dye eggs using naturally-derived dyes.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep. April 7, 1:30pm to 3:30. This workshop is about another product from the farm: lambswool: we’ll card the wool and felt it, then make a little storage bag to take home.

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes. April 28, 1pm to 3. Small houses for small creatures and small builders. 

Pond Exploration for Kids. June 16, time TBD, $5 per child. It’s so much fun poking about in Page Pond. Your youngsters will have a great time learning about pond residents and pond ecology. They will need clothing and footgear that can get wet and muddy (and perhaps a change of clothes to go home in!).


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