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 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.

Meet the Baby Lambs

Date/Time: Saturday, May 28,  9am to noon
Cost: Free

New adorable lambs are joining our flock daily -- and of course, Peggy Sue delivered her piggies last month. Come meet our new babies and frolic on the hillside with your own family.  We'll have activities for children, horse-drawn wagon rides and farm tours. Snack on our sausage & biscuit sandwiches and coffee or juice at the Sap House. See you there!


Presentation of the Master Site Plan Design Concepts

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 1,  4 pm to 5:45 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetary Road, Manchester, VT

Students from the Conway School of Landscape Design will present their preliminary Programming Analysis of the 225-acre site comprising the main approach to the Visitor Center complex. This promises to be a thought-provoking look at the potential uses of this area. 


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

LEVEL 3 Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 8am to 4pm.
LEVEL 4 Date/Time: Sunday, June 5, 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 . 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.

Solstice Moon Viewing and Hike

Date/Time: Monday, June 20,  7pm.
Cost: Free

Enjoy a moonlit hike led by Chris Hubbard.

Film Screening

America's First Forest: Carl Schenck & The Asheville Experiment

Date/Time: Friday, June 24,  7pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Riley Center at Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester 57 Seminary Avenue, Manchester, VT

We are excited to present a screening of the new documentary America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment. This is the first film to examine the pivotal role of Biltmore Estate chief forester Carl Schenck and America’s first school of forestry in American history. Dr. Scheck has a local connection: he was cousin and mentor to George Merck, founder of Merck Forest & Farmland Center.

The screening will be followed by a discussion period.  All are welcome; refreshments will be available.


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We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law and are greatly appreciated!

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