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.

Winter Sleigh Rides. Arch & Fern are looking forward to welcoming you to a special experience at Merck Forest (once there's a snowpack): on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and selected Saturdays through the winter, they will draw our newly-redesigned sweetheart sleigh across the winter landscape at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

The trip costs $150 (flat rate) for a 1-hour ride for up to 5 adults. Sleigh rides will run only if weather permits; no rides will be scheduled for Christmas or New Year's day. Call 802-394-7836 for reservations and additional information; minimum 24-hour advance notice is required.

Tracking Workshop. January 27, 10am-12noon, $5pp. Find out who's out and about in the winter landscape.

Owl Walk.   February 24, 4-6pm, $5pp. Whooo's looking for romance in our late winter landscape? Well, the Barred owls are, the Great Horned owls, and whooo knows whooo else. If we're lucky we'll be able to listen in on the conversation of one or another feathered couple.

Evening Hike. March 3, from 6pm to 8pm. $3/person. Join us on our evening walk, just after the appearance (on 3/01) of the Worm Moon. (Or the Crow Moon, or Crust Moon, or Sap Moon, if you prefer.) Whatever you call it, come dressed for the weather, and bring a headlamp, water and snacks.

Pack Basket Workshop. March 10, 9am to 3pm. $75/person plus materials. Make your own pack basket with Bliss McIntosh's expert instruction. Call 802-394-7836 to reserve your spot in this class, which will almost certainly fill up fast.

Maple Celebration/Pancake Breakfast. March 24 & 25, 9am-2pm. Save the date! Our fabulous Maple Celebration features our own sausage and syrup, and is a terrific way to send Old Man Winter packing.


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