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.

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!

Game of Logging. May 26, 8am to 4pm (Level I). May 27, 8am to 4pm (Level II). Learn how to handle a chainsaw with expert instruction from Northeast Woodland Training forestry pros. Detailed descriptions of the curriculum & course requirements are at 

Classes start promptly at 8am and end at 4pm. Bring a sound hard-hat, lunch & water, long pants, gloves, sturdy work/hiking boots and weather/work-appropriate outerwear. Classes are rarely cancelled due to weather; they will be held light rain or snow, hot or cold temperatures, and only high winds, lightning or heavy rains will cause the classes to be re-scheduled. Tuition is $180 per person, per level. Class size is limited and pre-registration (call 802-394-7836) is required.


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

Full Flower Moon Walk. May 26, time TBD. $5/person.

Full Strawberry Moon Walk. June 23, time TBD. $5/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. 

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 (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for afternoon chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks.

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.


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