Merck Forest and Farmland Center

MFFC strives to teach sustainable management of forest and farmland. Students can walk the interpretive Wildlife Trail to track wildlife, or walk the Silviculture Trail to learn about sustainable forestry. At the farm, they can see a variety of horses, chickens, sheep, and pigs. Seasonal outdoor programs include Sap to Syrup, Life Cycles of Livestock, and The Ins and Outs of Eating: Nutrient Cycles on the Farm. Older classes are invited to collaborate with Merck staff and design a farm or forest-based experience that ties into their curriculum. MFFC also provides service learning opportunities.
 
Contact Info
Address: 3270 Rte. 315, Rupert, Vermont 05768. Bennington County. South Vermont. Tel: 802-394-7836. Email: info@merckforest.org. Website: www.merckforest.org. Hrs: Daily 9AM-4PM. 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free/Suggested donation.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue