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.

Farm Chores for Children

Date/Time: Thursdays through the summer from 2pm to 4pm, starting 6/23 and ending 8/18.
Cost: $2.50 per person; child must be accompanied by an adult.

These farm-centered "workshops" are designed to introduce your children ages 3 and up to simple farm routines and products, and to meet our animals under expert supervision. Please Pre-Register early, because participation is limited.

Concert: Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing

Date/Time: Saturday evening, August 6th from 5 - 7pm.
Admission: Free (Donations gratefully accepted). Place: Sap House lawn.

Bring your lawn chairs, bring a blanket, bring a picnic supper, bring the whole family ... then settle in on the lawn for an evening bluegrass concert. Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing will perform. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll move inside the Sap House and rock on.

Star-Gazing Party: Perseid Meteor Showers

Date/Time: Saturday evening, August 13th 8 pm.
Admission: $5.

Our meadows offer the best possible view of the Perseid meteor showers. Bring a blanket and bug spray and a thermos of coffee, and settle back to watch the heavens open their wonders. There is no rain date for this event -- hope for a clear cloudless night.


Open Farm Week Activities for All

We are gearing up for all sorts of family fun during Vermont Open Farm Week. We have special demonstrations, workshops or tours scheduled all week long, and of course you can design your own farm adventure every day: picnic on the hillside, check in with the chickens, visit the lambs, pick berries and enjoy spectacular views of the Southern Adirondacks.

Monday, 8/15

Farm Manager's Tour (for Adults), 2 - 4pm, $5.

Children's Farm Tour & Farm-Fun Activities, 2 - 4pm, $2.50.

Tuesday 8/16

Work with the Draft Horses - Workshop for Teens, 12:30 - 3:30pm, $40. Call to Pre-register, limited to 4 participants.

Wednesday, 8/17

Farrier's Demonstration, morning and afternoon (call for times), free.

Fleece Skirting Demonstration, 10am to 3pm, free.

Thursday, 8/18

Farm Chores for Children, 2 - 4pm, $2.50.

NOFA-Vermont Pizza Social, 5:30 - 7:30pm, suggested donation $10

Friday, 8/19

Work with the Draft Horses - Workshop for Teens, 12:30 - 3:30pm, $40. Call to Pre-Register, limited to 4 participants.


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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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