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Going green with first master’s degree program

rieth village at merry lea Building on its 25-year history of offering quality environmental education for K-12th grade students, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College will offer a master of arts in environmental education program – the college’s first master’s degree. All courses for the degree will be taught at Merry Lea and the requirements for the program will be completed in one calendar year – starting in July and ending the following June. The first cohort of students begins July 2007.

Annually, 7,000 students participate in a wide variety of environmental education programs at Merry Lea. “Exposure to and engagement with the K-12 program at Merry Lea will create important learning experiences for each graduate student,” said Luke Gascho, executive director of Merry Lea. “Learning will occur through modeling by the professional environmental educators and through direct involvement in guiding learning experiences for K-12 students. The master’s program is designed with the best practices in inquiry-based education.”

Merry Lea, located near Wolf Lake, Ind., is among the best-assembled land preserves in Indiana and contains a diverse group of Indiana ecosystems. The 1,150-acre preserve contains a wonderful complex of wetlands, bogs, lakeshores, upland and lowland forests, prairies and meadows. Each student will study an ecosystem throughout the yearlong program.

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