Merry Leaflet

50th Anniversary Edition

Merry Lea has now been in existence for 50 years. In this issue, we look back on our history of caring for land, educating about the environment and providing a place that re-creates body and spirit. Read about the Sunflower Festival, see old photos, discover how childhood experiences at Merry Lea have left their mark. Also watch our News page and Facebook page for additional photos and memories. Do you have one to share? Email

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Autumn 2017

Read about Kinderforest, a gift of goats, alumni adventures, a cornfield encounter and the ways that our history provides us a visionary foundation. See who’s coming and going and find a quote from Wendell Berry to ponder.

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Spring 2017

Read about the new course Merry Lea’s Master’s in Environmental Education students take on Andros Island in the Bahamas. Meanwhile, what happens on Merry Lea property on a typical spring day? Find out on page 7. This issue also reports on Land Manager Bill Minter’s oak savanna planting.

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Winter 2017

Goshen College students now have three sustainability majors to choose from. Merry Lea faculty are heavily involved in the Sustainable Food Systems and the Sustainability Studies majors. Also meet Merry Lea’s new agroecology professors, learn about the challenges of keeping bird mounts safe from insects, and join the master’s students on a visit to green Detroit.

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Autumn 2016

Merry Lea’s Environmental Education Outreach team launched a new program this fall. Accompany child scientists as they compare a farm with wild ecosystems and learn where food comes from. Also read about a pastor’s academy that enabled Merry Lea to share ecological expertise with the faith community; the volunteers behind Enchanted Forest and some new trail shelters.

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Summer 2016

Read about the strategies used for growing food at the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm and the ways it ties into Merry Lea’s programs. The farm is running a CSA this summer and fall; the Pre-K to 12 team is gearing up for a new program there and summer researchers are investigating birdlife and grazing. This issue also includes a feature on Volunteer Doug Vendrely.

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Spring 2016

This issue of the Merry Leaflet introduces a transition in Pre-K to 12 curriculum from the Farmcraft program to a new experience entitled, Exploring the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm. Staff changes are underway as well, including saying goodbye to Lisa Zinn, who served in many roles for 13 years. In pages 4-6, readers can visit a volunteer training and meet some of our volunteers.

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Winter 2016

Merry Lea employees participate in a variety of professional organizations and conferences to keep current. Read about their recent travels, including a foray to the Bahamas to work out an intercultural experience for students in the Master’s in Environmental Education program. Feature stories on Ryan Minter, Julie Davidson and Rick Bonar round out the issue. These are three of our dedicated volunteers.

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Autumn 2015

Where do Merry Lea’s Master’s in Environmental Education graduates go after they leave us and what do they do? A Merry Lea education can serve you well in many different locations. Also read about the summer of lightning strikes.

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Spring 2015

This Merry Leaflet examines the ways in which sustainability education permeates Merry Lea’s offerings. It also features the last of three sets of “Day in the Life” stories by staff members. Lisa Myers, Janie Beck Kreider, Jonathon Schramm and Bill Minter tell about their work.

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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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