Annual Friends of Merry Lea Dinner

The Friends Dinner includes a hike, conversation, good food and an after-dinner presentation about Merry Lea’s programs. To join the hike, meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Farmstead Barn. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

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Family Frog Hike

Jug-a-rum, Jug-a-rum! Is that the call of a leopard frog or a bullfrog? How do you tell the difference between a gray tree frog and a chorus frog? Discover all of that and more at Merry Lea’s Family Frog Hike! Part of the morning will be spent learning the calls of several local frog species such as tree frogs, green frogs, leopard frogs, spring peepers, bullfrogs, chorus frogs, and the American toad. There will also be an opportunity to head out into the field to find frogs and see them up close! Feel free to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic with your family after the program. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and waterproof boots. Cost: $5/adult and $2/child. Register by April 2nd.

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Family Vernal Pond Discoveries

Bring the whole family and discover what kinds of critters are living in the wetlands around Merry Lea! The morning will be spent searching for macroinvertebrates and amphibians in the temporary pond and using microscopes to look at them up close. You’ll discover why these creatures are important and tips to identifying different species. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Feel free to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic with your family after the program. Cost: $5/adult and $2/child. Register by April 3rd.

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Merry Lea Conservation Leadership School

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College is offering a week-long conservation “school” June 11-15, 2018 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 1st.

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Nature Fest 2018

This spring celebration is fun for the whole family – come for one or both days! Activities will include roasting marshmallows, camping overnight at Merry Lea, dipping for creatures in our wetland, taking a guided hike, canoeing, creating nature art, spending time enjoy the outdoors, learning, exploring, and more!

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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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