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.

Maple Celebration/Pancake Breakfast. March 24 & 25, 9am-2pm. Save the date! Our fabulous Maple Celebration features our own sausage and syrup, pancakes, eggs, coffee, juice and hot chocolate. There will be wagon rides, sugar-making demonstrations, fun and games for everyone. It's a terrific way to send Old Man Winter packing. $10/12yo - adults, $5/children 5yo - 12, free/children under 5.

SOLO WFA Training. April 28-29, 8:30am to 5pm, $200 ($240 with optional CPR Module). Pre-registration is required; bring a bag lunch.

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!


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

Full Pink Moon Walk. March 31, 6pm to 8pm. $5/person. Oh -- and guess what! -- this one's also a Blue Moon!

Full Flower Moon Walk. April 28, 6pm to 8pm. $5/person.

Spring Ephemeral Walk. May 12, $5/person (morning hike, time TBD. Check this space closer to the date.)

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

Full Buck 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. 

Chicks and Eggs. April 7, 10am to noon. Visit the henhouse to learn about what our chickens are up to, then head back to the Visitor Center to learn how to dye eggs using naturally-derived dyes.  $10 per child or $25 for three.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep. April 7, 1:30pm to 3:30. This workshop will introduce your youngsters to processing wool. We’ll card lambswool from our sheep, felt it, then make a little storage bag to take home.  $10 per child or $25 for three.

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes. April 28, 1pm to 3. Tiny houses for wee creatures made by small builders. Materials are furnished, but your construction crew may bring embellishments from home to use in their creations. $10 per magical dwelling.

Pond Exploration for Kids. June 16, time TBD. 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 8/16), 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.

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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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