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.

Thoreau Cabin Re-Creation Project

Roof Shingling, June 3/4, 9a-4pm, $50 tuition

Cabin Dedication, July 12, 2017, Free

Plaster/Lath and Chimney Building, August 2017, $50 tuition

Guided Hikes

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. (H.D.Thoreau)  We couldn't agree more, Mr. Thoreau, so we will host a number of guided evening hikes over the course of the next few months. Remember your flashlight or headlamp and sturdy footgear; it would be helpful for us (for planning purposes) if you would call to pre-register. All hikes are held as the weather permits. 

Solstice Hike. June 21, 7pm, $3. Join Education Director Christine Hubbard on a hike over hill and dale to celebrate the return of summer. 

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing. Dt/Tm: August 12, 8pm, $3. Bring a blanket and prepare to be awed by the immensity of the skies over the Merck-y mountains.

Other Upcoming Events

ANNUAL MEETING. Saturday, June 10, 9:30am.  Coffee and light refreshments at 9:30. Business Meeting at 10am.

Fairy Houses in the Forest. Saturday, June 24, 10am to 1pm. $20 per house.  There’s magic in the woods at Merck Forest! Scour the woods for special materials to construct tiny magical dwellings for wee folk, and then gather in the classroom to assemble your creation. This is a workshop for children of all ages (actual children must be accompanied by an adult). Please call 802-394-7836 to reserve your place in the class. 

Farm Chores for Children. Thursday afternoons from 2 - 4pm, starting June 29 through August 17. $2.50 per person.  On Thursday afternoons through the summer, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks.

These farm-centered "workshops" are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. These hands-on/hands-dirty activities are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Please Pre-Register early, because participation is limited. Cost is $2.50 per participant.

Game of Logging Level 1. Saturday, July 8, 8am-4pm, $180.  Learn how to handle a chainsaw with expert instruction from Northeast Woodland Training forestry pros. Detailed descriptions of the curriculum & course requirements may be found at  

Classes start promptly at 8am and end at 4pm. Students must bring a sound hard hat, lunch & water, long pants, gloves, sturdy work/hiking boots and weather/work-appropriate outerwear. Classes are rarely cancelled due to weather and will be held even in light rain or snow, hot or cold temperatures; students should dress accordingly.  Classes will only be re-scheduled in the event of high winds, lightning or heavy rains. Class size is limited, pre-register early by calling 802-394-7836.

Thoreau Cabin Dedication. July 12, Free Event.

Bluegrass Concert. August 5, 6pm, Free Event. Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing return for another of their popular concerts. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy on the west-facing meadow above the saphouse, then mosey down to the saphouse for a toe-tapping good time. Seating in the saphouse is limited, so please call to reserve a spot.

Open Farm Week. Daily, starting August 14 through August 20.  Details are still being worked out for our kid-friendly programs and workshops, but our Open Farm Week Celebration is always busy, busy, busy and LOTS of fun. Expect guided Farm Tours & Pond Explorations, Children's Storytime, and our popular Draft Horse Workshop for Teens. And Lulu the pig's little piglets might be running around! Check this space to see what we've organized for your enjoyment.

Mushroom Identification Workshop. Sunday, August 27, Fee. Sue Van Hook's workshops always fill up quickly! Call for additional details and to register: 802-394-7836.

Fall Festival. September 16, Fee. 

Fall Festival ContraDance. September 16, late afternoon, Fee. Finish up your day at the Fall Festival the way the farmhands used to do: with a rollicking contradance. Pete's Posse will perform.

BeBrave Hike-a-thon. Sunday, October 1.


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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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