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Firsthand Fest

This storytelling event provides an opportunity to hear from people who have experienced environmental problems – and solutions – firsthand. An open mic period will enable attendees to share their own experiences as well. The evening includes brick oven pizza and a variety of desserts. Cost: $10/adults and $5/students. Please register by Wednesday, September 27th.

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Enchanted Forest

What does a snapping turtle eat? Do flying squirrels really fly? Find the answer to these questions and more at Merry Lea’s annual Enchanted Forest! You won’t want to miss one of the only opportunities in the year to hike the trails at night! Guides will lead groups by lantern-light to find and interactive with real “live” animals! Our costumed staff and volunteers will answer questions about life as an native Indiana animal. This family-friendly evening is a great alternative to Halloween events too scary for young children. Hikes are every 20-30 minutes and you can enjoy music and snacks while you wait! Cost is $3.50 per person. No registration required!

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Enchanted Forest

What does a snapping turtle eat? Do flying squirrels really fly? Find the answer to these questions and more at Merry Lea’s annual Enchanted Forest! You won’t want to miss one of the only opportunities in the year to hike the trails at night! Guides will lead groups by lantern-light to find and interactive with real “live” animals! Our costumed staff and volunteers will answer questions about life as an native Indiana animal. This family-friendly evening is a great alternative to Halloween events too scary for young children. Hikes are every 20-30 minutes and you can enjoy music and snacks while you wait! Cost is $3.50 per person. No registration required!

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The Merry Lea Mission

  • Providing a natural sanctuary for northern Indiana’s plants and animals
  • Providing environmental education for people of all ages
  • Providing a setting for re-creating opportunities that benefit the human body and spirit while not exploiting the land or excessively disturbing its ecosystems
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