Our Response to COVID-19

Check out our Events page for various public programs. Our facilities remain closed until further notice, but our trails are 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 hosting virtual and in-person programming with various health guidelines in place, following the recommendations of public health officials surrounding COVID-19. Our facilities remain closed, but 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.

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PreK-12 Programs

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

Sustainable Farm

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.

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Rieth Village

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.

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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