Merry Leaflet

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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Spring 2014

In this Spring 2014 issue of the Merry Leaflet you will find updates on some of the latest developments at Merry Lea’s Sustainable Farm, including a new small animal barn and a woody perennial polyculture project. Also read about a recent visit from youth of the Menominee tribe of northern Wisconsin, and research reflections on Native American traditional ecological knowledge.

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Winter 2014

This issue focuses on Merry Lea’s master’s degree in environmental education. Read about the ways leadership, environmental issues and peacemaking play a part in this graduate program. Discover the dangers of unregulated coal ash and the joys that a brutal winter brings to winter sports enthusiasts at a nature center.

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Autumn 2013

This issue focuses on the K-12 program’s in-school programs in response to busing cuts. Read about a very successful worm program, summer research at Merry Lea and the unseen hikers who populate our trails.

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Spring 2013

The spring 2013 Merry Leaflet describes the development of the agroecology program as it moves toward becoming a year round sustainable farm, including livestock. Also see photos of Merry Lea’s Naturefest and learn about Merry Lea’s board members.

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Winter 2013

The Winter 2013 Leaflet looks at the ways environmental education at Merry Lea begins with our land base but also moves beyond that into the broader community. Articles discuss master’s program integrative sessions, activities of former master’s grads, a women’s spirituality workshop, how-to ideas for environmental education and birding opportunities.

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Autumn 2012

This issue showcases Merry Lea’s first Sustainability Semester in Residence that began this fall. Read about undergraduate students’ hands-on educational experiences, experiments in sustainable lifestyle, and course highlights from SSR professors. Also enjoy articles featuring the Pileated Woodpecker and an afternoon adventure with students participating in our Homeschool Series.

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Summer 2012

This issue captures the flavor of summer at Merry Lea. Learn how our agroecology program deals with drought, listen in on the birdbanding station, read about restoration monitoring, meet new staff members–and luna moths.

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Winter 2012

This issue continues our discussions with former students who have passed through Merry Lea. Read about an artist, an environmental lawyer, a zoo educator and a park ranger, among others.

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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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