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 winter events, visit our website or 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, 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.

Wreath-Making Workshop at Merck Forest

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20/person/wreath, membership discount will apply.

Registration is necessary. Please call 802.394.7836 to sign up.

Join our annual wreath-making workshop. Materials for a lovely holiday wreath -- ribbons, greenery,  etc. -- are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own ornaments to personalize your creation. Registration is necessary for this event, as space is limited.

Holiday Sleighrides

By Appointment in December & January. Please call 802.394.7836. 

Sweetheart Sleigh: This sleigh carries two passengers and costs $150.

Group Sleigh: This sleigh is available for groups of up to twelve adults and costs $185.

Advance Reservations are required due to limited availability and scheduling considerations.  Membership Discount applies.


Imagine yourself bundled into a warm blanket, wisking across the winter landscape in a horse-drawn sleigh: frosty air, warm companionship, and the prospect of hot cider in front of a crackling fire in the hearth at the end of the ride.  The season for sleighrides at Merck is nearly upon us.  Your holiday celebrations will be all the more special with memories of a forty-five minute jaunt through fields and forest. Wool blankets are provided -- but dress for the cold!

For the Birds: Making Bird Treats

Date/Time: Monday, December 28, 2015,  Time: x:00 p.m. - y:00 p.m. 
Cost: $x/person. Membership discount applies.

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Nature's Critters: Making Critter Ornaments

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 29, 2015,  Time: x:00 p.m. - y:00 p.m. 
Cost: $x/person. Membership discount applies.

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Snowshoe/Hike by Moonlight

Date/Time: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 5:30pm
Cost: $5 per person fee includes refreshments after the hike.

Crisp mountain air, the glint of moonlight off the snow pack, the scritch-scratch sound of leaves brushing against against a tree branch, and perhaps ... in the distance ... a song from a lonesome coyote.  It’s the romance of the wild Vermont hills: come take a walk on the wild side with Merck staff.  If there’s snow, bring showshoes and poles.

Twilight Owl Ramble

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2015, at 6:30pm
Cost: $5 per person fee includes refreshments after the walk.

Join Executive Director Tom Ward for an evening ramble through the forest to listen for the courting calls of Barred, Great-Horned, Saw-whets and Screech Owls.  You’ll want to dress for the cold weather and (potentially) snow, and to bring a flashlight.

Splint Chair Seat Workshop

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Christine Ferris-Hubbard will put on her other hat for this workshop: with twenty-five years’ experience in chair caning, Chris is an instructor at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Lucerne, NY, and is a presenting folk artist at Great Camp Sagamore in Racquette Lake, NY. She will teach you how to weave a splint seat using flat reed; bring a chair frame to work on.  

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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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