Events

Tales & Trails

Hear a tale and hike a trail with your preschooler to discover the natural wonders around you together! This is a 1.5-hour monthly program designed for children ages 3-5, with younger siblings welcome to join, led by a Merry Lea educator.

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Conservation Leadership School

Upcoming high school juniors and seniors can make Merry Lea their home for a week this summer! Camp overnight and explore the world of natural resources and conservation by canoeing across glacial lakes, planning a nature event, and experiencing careers like botany, land management or sustainable agriculture.

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Nature Play Day

Join families all over Indiana who are getting outside for Nature Play Days! Merry Lea is hosting this free, family-friendly event with a variety of guided and self-guided activities to choose from all afternoon. Dip for tadpoles, create a nature craft, go on a hike, work on a scavenger hunt and much more.

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Merry Lea Nature Explorers

Elementary-aged students can join us to get outside and engage in the habitats and landscapes across Merry Lea. Come explore three new ecosystems and uncover the animal and plant residents through games, activities and trail investigations.

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Goat Cheesemaking Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn to make your own goat cheese? Don’t miss this opportunity to work with Merry Lea’s animal husbandry expert Ruth Mischler to transform fresh milk from Merry Lea’s resident goats into cheese.

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Nature-Based Education Professional Development

What is nature-based education and what does it look like? This full day workshop is geared toward educators of grades PreK through elementary, to learn the major tenets of this educational philosophy and engage in hands-on activities that demonstrate these elements.

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Orchard Workshop: Summer Pruning

Learn how to promote tree health, increase fruit production and stave off disease in this hands-on workshop in our fruit orchard.

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Bird Banding Family Workshop

Take a peek into the world of bird research at Merry Lea! Play some banding games, handle the tools and observe actual research in action.

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