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.


Thoreau Cabin Recreation: Timber Hewing

Date/Time: November 12/13, 8am to 4pm
Fee: $50

In honor of the Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau's birth, we will -- with your help -- construct a replica of the cabin Thoreau built on the banks of Walden Pond. Second in our Thoreau Cabin workshops: learn to prepare structural members, braces and joists with broadaxe and adze. Participation is limited to ten people.

Wreath Making Workshop

Date/Time: December 3rd, Morning session 9am to noon; afternoon session 1pm to 4pm
Fee: $20 per wreath (fee includes materials)

Jingle bells, jingle bells! Crank up the carols, heat up some hot chocolate and gather at the Visitor Center. We've assembled the basic materials and tools for your use--you bring the finishing touches that'll make your wreath entirely unique. Chris Hubbard will conduct this workshop.

Thoreau Cabin Recreation: Joinery

Date/Time: December 10/11, 8am to 4pm
Fee: $50

This is our third workshop in the Thoreau Cabin workshop series. Students will learn the principles of timber frame construction and prepare the timbers according to Thoreau's original design. Participation is limited to ten people.

Holiday Ornaments Workshop

Date: December 17th

Time: Ornament-Making Workshop: Drop in between 9:30am & 11:30am, $5 fee

Felted Soap-Making Workshop: 1pm to 2:30pm, $15 fee

We're in full holiday mode! Drop in between the hours of 9:30 & 11:30 with your youngsters for a fun workshop on Christmas tree decorations.  Or for a different & uniquegift, take the afternoon workshop on Felted Soap making. We've assembled the basic materials and tools, you bring any special items that you want to incorporate. Chris Hubbard will conduct these workshops.


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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!

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