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


Some of the dates listed below are tentative: to confirm that an event will be held, or 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.

Thoreau Cabin Re-Creation Project

Cabin Raising, May 6/7, 9a-4pm, $50 tuition

Cladding the Walls & Sheathing the Roof, May 20/21, 9a-4pm, $50 tuition

Roof Shingling, June 3/4, 9a-4pm, $50 tuition

Cabin Dedication, July 12, 2017, Free

Plaster/Lath and Chimney Building, August 2017, $50 tuition

Upcoming Events

Film Screening: America's First Forest. Dt/Tm: Thursday, May 4/7pm. FREE. Location: Salem Courthouse Community Center, 58 East Broadway, Salem, NY.  

This documentary tells the story of the creation of the nation’s first school of forestry and the foundation for the American conservation movement. Featured in the film is legendary German forester Carl Schenck -- cousin to Merck Forest founder George Merck. The screening is part of the Salem Courthouse Community Center's History Lecture Series.

America's First Forest Hike. Dt/Tm: Friday, May 5/6pm. $3pp. Location: Merck Forest.  

Forester Ethan Crumley will lead this moderate hike and will introduce information about Schenck’s life and influence on the development of Merck Forest’s environmental ethic into his conversation.

Meet the Lambs. Dt/Tm: May 20, 9a-3pm. Suggested Donation: $3 per person (suggested donation).

Have your little lambs meet our little lambs. Games, snacks, baby animals and views that go on forever -- there's no better way to spend a late spring afternoon!

Solstice Hike. Dt/Tm: June 21, 7-9pm, $5. Pre-registration requested.

Join Education Director Christine Hubbard on a hike over hill and dale to celebrate the return of summer. Remember your headlamp. Refreshments in the Visitor Center follow.

Farm Chores for Children. Dt/Tm: Thursday afternoons from 2 - 4pm, starting June 29 through August 17. $2.50 per person.

On Thursday afternoons through the summer, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks.

These farm-centered "workshops" are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands-dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please Pre-Register early, because participation is limited. Cost is $2.50 per participant.

Thoreau Cabin Dedication. July 12, Free.

Open Farm Week. Dt/Tm: Daily, starting August 14 through August 20.

Details are still being worked out for our kid-friendly programs and workshops, but our Open Farm Week Celebration is always busy, busy, busy and LOTS of fun. Check this space to see what we've organized for your enjoyment.

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing. Dt/Tm: August 21, 7 - 9pm, Fee. Pre-registration requested.

Fall Festival. Dt/Tm: September 16, Fee.

BeBrave Hike-a-thon. Late September 2017.

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We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive annual support from Merck & Co. Inc.
We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law and are greatly appreciated!

Banner photo courtesy of Dan Sullivan
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