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.

Tale Trail is Installed

Date/Time: September 1
Admission: Free (Donations gratefully accepted)

Spaced at intervals along the Discovery Trail, the TALE TRAIL features pages from Anthony D. Frederick's Around One Log, a picture book about a rotting log and the creatures who make it their home. Come for a hike with your little ones, read the story, and introduce them to the woods around you.


BE BRAVE Hike-a-thon Fundraiser

Date/Time: Sunday, October 2

The Be Brave Hike-A-Thon is a hike to assist individuals affected by benign brain tumors and to support research for a cure. Join as a team or join as an individual.  Set a hiking goal – between 1-4 hours – and get sponsors to support your efforts. 

Additional events for the day include a Scavenger Hunt, Silent Auction, Basket Bonanza, Food & Beverage Sales, and a performance by Pop recording artist, singer and songwriter BRIELLE.

Check the BeBrave website for additional details and to register or donate at

Thoreau Cabin Recreation: Site Work & Foundation

Date/Time: October 15/16
Fee: TBD

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. This is the first in our series of workshops: the crew will clear the site and lay the foundation for the cabin. Participation is limited to ten people.


Building Fairy Houses

Date/Time: October 22
Fee: TBD

You and your child will reconnoiter in the woods, collecting materials for a magical creation. Chris Hubbard will conduct this workshop.


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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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