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 some 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.


Join us on a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape. Our hikes are typically of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. 

Full Strawberry Moon Walk. June 23, 6pm to 8. $5/person.

Full Buck Moon Walk. July 28, 6pm to 8.

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing. August 11, 6pm to 8.

Full Sturgeon Moon Walk. August 25, 6pm to 8.

Full Corn Moon Walk. September 22, 6pm to 8.


Here are some activities designed to engage your youngsters in specific topic-oriented activities; each (family group) must be accompanied by an adult companion. 

Pond Exploration for Kids. June 16, Morning sesssion 10am to noon or afternoon session 1pm to 3. 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!). $5 per child.

Farm Chores for Children. Thursday afternoons during the summer (June 28 'til August 16), 2-4pm. Back by popular demand! Children wilk assist the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center with afternoon chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. $5 per child.

Summer Camp for Young Children. Session 1: July 9-13, 9am to 3pm. Session 2: August 6-10, 9am to 3pm. For rising first, second, and third graders; limited to 10 children per session. Adventure is just a wagon ride away as campers explore the farm and forest, focusing each day on a different unique habitat. For more information and to register, email Education Director Christine Hubbard at, or call 802-394-7836.


Birch Bark Baskets. July 7, 9am to 3pm, $75.  Gather up the materials during a stroll through the forest then learn how to build a birch-bark basket. Bring a bag lunch, a pair of (non-serrated) scissors, pencil. Call 802-394-7836 to reserve your spot in this class, which is limited to 12 participants and will almost certainly fill up fast. 

Bluegrass Concert. August 4, 6pm, Free. Featuring Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing. Bring a picnic, bring your kids, bring your dance partner.

Open Farm Week. August 13-19. Details are still being worked out, so keep an eye on this space.

Harvest Festival. September 15, 9am to 3pm, suggested donation: $3pp.

Dorset Equine Rescue Fundraising Event. September 22, 9am to early afternoon. Second Annual ride for the Dorset Equine Rescue Association. For information, email the Dorset Equine Rescue Association at or call 802-366-1300.

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We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
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