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 some 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.


Join us on a staff-guided hike in the evening landscape. Our hikes are typically of moderate difficulty; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested; fee: $5 per person. 

Full Buck Moon Walk. July 28, 6pm to 8.

"Changes in VT Landscape" Guided Hike. August 11, 10am-2pm. Professor Bill Hegman and students from Middlebury College will lead a hike and discussion of how the geology of the Taconic Mountain range shaped natural communities and land-use. $5 per person. Participants should be prepared for the weather, and be equipped with sturdy footwear, water and snacks.

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing. August 11, 6pm to 8.

Full Sturgeon Moon Walk. August 25, 6pm to 8.

Full Corn Moon Walk. September 22, 6pm to 8.


Here are some activities designed to engage your youngsters in specific topic-oriented activities; each (family group) must be accompanied by an adult companion. 

Farm Chores for Children. Thursday afternoons during the summer ('til August 16), 2-4pm. Back by popular demand! Children wilk assist the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center with afternoon chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. $5 per child.

Summer Camp for Young Children. August 6-10, 9am to 3pm. For rising first, second, and third graders; limited to 10 children per session. Adventure is just a wagon ride away as campers explore the farm and forest, focusing each day on a different unique habitat. For more information and to register, email Education Director Christine Hubbard at, or call 802-394-7836.


Bluegrass Concert. August 4, 6pm, Free. Featuring Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing. Bring a picnic, bring your kids, bring your dance partner.

Harvest Festival. September 15, 9am to 3pm, suggested donation: $3pp.

Dorset Equine Rescue Fundraising Event. September 22, 9am to early afternoon. Second Annual ride for the Dorset Equine Rescue Association. For information, email the Dorset Equine Rescue Association at or call 802-366-1300.

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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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