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


Sleigh Rides

Sleigh rides have ended for the season. 

We will have a new page soon that is dedicated to sleigh rides and our NEW wagon rides (for Summer 2015). Check back for more information.


Maple Celebration & Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10 am - 2 pm
Cost: $10/adult, $5/child ages 4-12, and under age 4 are FREE (tickets sold at door)


Pancake Breakfast
10 am - 2 pm. Enjoy a delicious breakfast spread of local eggs (scrambled), Merck's own pasture-raised pork sausage and Vermont certified-organic maple syrup (made onsite), and pancakes. Hot and cold drinks will also be available.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
10 am - 2 pm. Wagon runs between the Joy Green Visitor Center and Frank Hatch Sap House.

Tapping Demonstrations
Noon. Learn how our farm collects sap from a sugar maple. Meet on the deck of the Frank Hatch Sap House.

Piglets a Plenty
10 am - 2 pm. Join one of our Apprentices in the Small Animal Barn to learn about pork production at Merck. You’ll get to meet Momma Peggy Sue and her ten piglets.

For the Love of Lambing
10 am - 2 pm. Visit the Outside-In (Harwood Barn) to learn about lambing. If you’re lucky, you might see a birth with your own eyes!

From Seed to Syrup
ALL DAY. Take part in this self-guided family scavenger hunt that demonstrates what it takes for a tree to grow big and strong and produce the sweet treat we are celebrating today. (Begins on Saphouse Deck).

Sheep Shearing Workshop
Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Cost $250.00/Saturday and Sunday
Cost TBD for participants interested only in Saturday. Please, check back for updated information

The Vermont Sheep and Goat Breeders Association is once again holding a sheep shearing class at MFFC.  Participants, beginners and intermediate, will learn hands-on how to shear sheep, all under the guidance of professional shearers. All aspects of shearing will be discussed during the two day course.

For more workshop information and to reigster, please contact Jim McRae:
To see the full agenda for the sheep shearing workshop visit: 


Spring Ephemerals Walk

Thursday, May 13, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5/person

Do you want to know more about spring ephemerals—those early blooming flowers that come up when the leaves are not yet out? Come walk with us in mid-May as we go looking for clintonia, trillium, adder’s tongue, and spring beauties. Merck’s forest is home to many of spring-time’s early risers.

This hike is suitable for families. Please wear layers, good walking shoes, and bring a bottle of water.

Please, call to sign-up. Registering for walks and courses allows us to make sure we are prepared for the number of people attending a Merck event! 802.394.7836


SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2015, times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Cost: $200.00/person

Would you know what to do if an accident happened in the backcountry? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, if you know the right steps to take. At the end of May, MFFC will be hosting a wilderness first aid course taught by SOLO. The two day course covers a detailed variety of topics on how to assess, care, treat, and rescue a fellow outdoorsman. This sixteen-hour introductory course provides knowledge and hands-on practice in prevention, recognition, and treatment of backcountry injuries and illnesses. Taught by SOLO instructors, WFA certification is provided upon completion of the course.

Course is open to 20 participants, the cost is $200/person. Participants are asked to bring some of their own supplies (see list here), and your own lunch.

Registration is necessary: 802.394.7836 

For more information on SOLO: 


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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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