Merry Leaflet

Winter 2017

* Faculty Prepare for New Sustainability Majors, p. 1
* Director’s Desk: Building on a Vision, p. 2
* New Agroecology Profs Join Merry Lea’s Team, p. 3
* EEO Team Rescues Bird Mounts from Insect Pests, p. 4
* Board and Staff Share Snacks, Inspiration, p.5
* Master’s Students Meet Green Detroit, p. 6
* New Endeavors, p. 7 and Upcoming Events, p. 8

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Autumn 2016

Content Included:

* Pastors Link Ecological Questions to Church
* Director’s Desk Column: Headwaters by Luke Gascho
* Living at Merry Lea, 2006 to 2016
* Exploring Merry Lea Sustainable Farm: Child Scientists Compare Farm and Wild Ecosystems
* Making Room for Exploration by Marcos Stoltzfus
* New Trail Shelters and Dock Aid Nature Observation
* Enchanted Forest Runs on Volunteers
* Upcoming Women’s Spirituality Retreat: Invisible Women, Invisible Earth

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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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Winter 2015

On March 1, 2015, Dr. Dale Hess passed away. This issue reviews his legacy and shares staff and student memories.

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Autumn 2014

In this issue, Merry Lea employees Kerry Goodrich, Jane Litwiller, Dave Ostergren and Jon Zirkle describe their work lives. Also learn what WOOFing is and see a PROWL program in process.

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Summer 2014

This issue features some of our staff members reflectioning on a typical (or not so typical!) “Day in the Life” in their various roles at Merry Lea.

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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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