Our Response to COVID-19
All programs and events are canceled until further notice, but our trails remain open to the public sunrise to sunset.
Along with Goshen College, Merry Lea is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its employees, students and visitors. We are following the recommendations of public health officials surrounding COVID-19 by closing our facilities, and canceling programs and events. However, our eight miles of trails are free and open everyday dawn to dusk. Thank you for your support and understanding as we assess best practices to ensure the health and safety of all our community. Stay tuned for any changes.Click here for more COVID-19 updates
Providing environmental education for people of all ages.
We have designed programs for school aged children (kindergarten through high school). At Merry Lea, the education team is determined to facilitate experiences in the outdoor world which inspire exploration, foster a sense of wonder, and share joy with children of all ages.Learn more about PreK-12 Programs
Living alongside nature sustainably
Farming is just one of the many human activities that take a toll on the natural world. At Merry Lea, we have developed a sustainable farm where we employ practices designed to protect soil ecosystems, encourage beneficial insects, grow healthy food and live in harmony with our surroundings.Learn more about our Farm
Creating a teaching tool and a model for others who want to make environmentally sound choices
Rieth Village is an ecological field station for undergraduate programs. Rieth Village has been designed and constructed with a strong commitment to sustainability. The project was awarded the platinum LEED certification (55 points) from the U. S. Green Building Council in 2007.Learn more about Rieth Village
Land and Research
Interacting with the land
Active land management has occurred since Merry Lea came under the ownership of Goshen College in 1980. Land management activities, under the guidance of the Director of Land Management, serve to support all aspects of Merry Lea’s mission by identifying, maintaining, restoring and managing for a diversity of native northeast Indiana plant and animal habitats.Learn more about our Land and Research