Sustainable agriculture and forest management workshops
Teaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland

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Ongoing: A Forest for Every Classroom
April 2013-May 2014 in various Vermont locations
Up to 5 graduate credits available

New this year, Merck will host part of the 2013-2014 Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC) workshop series, a partnership between Green Mountain National Forest, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and Shelburne Farms. During this yearlong series of workshops, participants will explore Vermont’s forests to investigate place-based learning and education for sustainability.

2013 Program Dates:
April 26th: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park (NHP)
July 8-12: Merck Forest and Farmland Center
September 27-28: Shelburne Farms

2014 Program Dates:
January 17-18: Groton State Park
May 2-3: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

For more information, click here.


Summer 2013: Methods in Place-Based Environmental Science Education
June 24-28 at Merck Forest and Farmland Center
3 graduate credits available

Offered as part of a Math and Science Partnership grant through the Southwest Vermont Curriculum Coordinators’ Collaborative, this course will provide an overview of methods and tools that can be used to deliver place-based environmental science lessons. We will undertake a range of activities with the overarching theme of using locally collected scientific information to inform our thinking about the environmental sustainability of human activities. This course will also include presentations by local experts in the field of environmental science, farming and forestry. 

Topics Include:
  • Studying topographic maps to better understand your local environment, including how to locate existing data and map resources for your local region and how to use them to enhance classroom activities and field excursions.
  • Using relatively inexpensive tools to collect environmental data, including soil and water chemistry, and relating to broader understandings of environmental systems.
  • Exploring the land-use history of Merck Forest and Farmland Center within the broader context of Vermont’s working landscapes.
  • Engaging with sustainable farming and forestry through hands-on projects.
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