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.

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 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. 

Guided Sunset Hike. September 23, 6pm, $3. Enjoy a spectacular evening with a sunset hike at Merck Forest. 

Hike Mount Antone. October 14, 11am, $3. Let's do lunch -- atop chic Mount Antone. Bring your cold lunch (no grilling available). This is a difficult hike. Dress for the weather with sturdy hiking gear.

Other Upcoming Events

Thoreau Cabin Workshop. September 23rd & 30th, 8am, $50. This is your last opportunity to be a part of our epic recreation of Henry David Thoreau's (Walden Pond) cabin. On successive Saturdays, Pete Newton will lead the group in the application of horsehair plaster on the walls. Bring gloves & safety glasses, lunch & plenty of water; please call 802-394-7836 to pre-register. 

1st Annual Hoof & Hike. Sunday, September 24, 8:30am - 2pm. This event will benefit the Dorset Equine Rescue organization. Online pre-registration at is required for riders and is limited to 25; registration for hikers is available online or at the door on the day of the event from 8:30-10:30am. The cost for hikers over the age of 12 and for riders is $35. If you have questions about this event, go to the website

BeBrave Hike-a-thon. Sunday, October 1, 9am-1pm. The third annual Be Brave for Life Hike-A-Thon is a hike to inform, support, and improve the lives of individuals affected by benign brain tumors and cerebrovascular disease, and drive research for a cure. Participants set hiking goals and may join Scavenger Hunts. Register at https://runsignup/race/vt/rupert/bebravehike . For more information about the Be Brave for Life organization, check their website at .

Wreath-Making Workshop. December 2, 10am-noon or 1-3pm, $20 per wreath. Ring in the holidays with this popular family event.


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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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