Youth Explore Conservation at Merry Lea

Oak savanna hike

High school students explore the Luckey Woodland savanna with Land Manger Bill Minter.

About a dozen high school students are spending a week at Merry Lea in June to learn more about sustainability, land management and future careers that might interest them. The schedule looks like a cross between summer camp and college.

The week began with a toasty cross-property hike from the Farmstead to the Glacial Retreat Center. Many of the students have likely not been to a black oak woodland like the ecosystem pictured here.

Participants are also scheduled for service projects, a tour of the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm, a research hike, a smattering of geology and plenty of campfires.