Like much of the land found at Merry Lea, Onion Bottom is a restored wetland habitat. Its deep marsh and still pools of water provide homes for countless species such as waterfowl, turtles, bugs and plants. Though it’s a wetland, it did not resemble one when the Rieths acquired it decades ago. Read more to learn about the history of this land area and its restoration process.Read More
As Women’s History Month is coming to an end this March, we celebrate Mary Jane and her steadfast vision for Merry Lea. Her visionary work manifested in significant contributions, from organizational operations to providing funding, making Merry Lea what it is today.Read More
You don’t need to travel for this year’s New York Fashion Week in the middle of a winter storm – not to mention during a global pandemic – to catch the latest fashion. See what styles and trends our Nature Preschoolers have to offer for winter 2021. We may not know what the next few months will look like weather-wise, but at least we can ride it out in style.Read More
The search committee for Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College has announced Jason Martin, Ph.D. as Merry Lea’s new executive director. He will join the Merry Lea team July 1, 2020.Read More
Hello nature friends–
Along with the rest of Goshen College, the Merry Lea Team is hunkered down and working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
When you need to get out to a safe place, Merry Lea is here for you. The Learning Center Building may or may not be open, but our TRAILS are OPEN dawn to dusk. Spring is coming soon!Read More
It’s been nearly two months since the seventh cohort of undergraduates completed Merry Lea’s Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS). Between mid-August and mid-December, they shared classes, meals, field trips, hikes, social activities and a weeklong canoeing adventure.Read More