Nature Fest

It’s time to get outside and celebrate the beautiful spring weather! This fun-filled festival is great for the whole family. A variety of activities will be happening over the weekend that you, your friends, and your family won’t want to miss. There will be canoeing, camping, campfires, hikes, visits to the Sustainable Farm, and so much more!

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Conservation Leadership School

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College is offering a week-long conservation “school” June 10-14, 2019 for upcoming high school juniors and seniors interested in the conservation of natural resources in northern Indiana. The week will feature a variety of workshops, activities, and learning experiences. Cost is $25.00 per student that covers lodging and meals (scholarships available). Application and teacher letter of recommendation required by May 6th.

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Nature Play Day

Merry Lea is once again participating in Indiana Children and Nature Network (ICAN) Nature Play Days! Don’t miss this opportunity to join Merry Lea at this free, family-friendly event designed to get people outside! There will be 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! This is a free event and no registration is required. Come explore the natural world in your own backyard!

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Retirement Reception for Luke Gascho

Join us as we wish Executive Director Luke Gascho well in a new phase of life after 21+ years of service to Merry Lea. We’ll have homemade ice cream, lawn games and canoeing with a short program at 3 p.m.

Registration is not required, but it will help us plan. If you know you’re coming, please fill out our two-question form.

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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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