News & Updates

Merry Lea Now Offers BABE Coupons for Families with Young Children

Merry Lea is partnering with BABE of Whitley County to help support the wellbeing of families with young children. Merry Lea now offers coupons to those who are part of the BABE program when they participate in one of Merry Lea’s outdoor programs, events or activities, which can be redeemed at the BABE of Whitley County store for various infant/toddler items.

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Merry Lea Environmental Educator Good-Elliott Receives State Award

Carol Good-Elliott, longtime environmental educator at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College was awarded the Howard Michaud Award from the Environmental Education Association of Indiana (EEAI) for her lasting commitment in the field of environmental education.

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Water: A Teacher in Sustainability

As students take courses at Merry Lea, work on applied projects and go on weekly field trips to meet local stakeholders, thematic connections to water and the watershed are woven throughout to help frame the SLS program. So, of all the ways to frame sustainability, why is water the backbone of the SLS program?

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Watershed Moments: The Sustainability Leadership Semester

“And just as water crosses human boundaries freely, students quickly realize that sustainability challenges require thinking across disciplines and other barriers that often prevent people from working together.” Professor Jonathon Schramm wrote about how the Sustainability Leadership Semester is thematically framed, with reflective insights from a 2015 SLS participant.

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Honoring the Headwaters: 10 Years of Sustainability Leadership Semester

Since the SLS began in 2012, this immersive, residential semester uses water as a tool and gateway to broader discussions about how students can influence the holistic health of communities. This fall, we celebrate ten years of transformational learning and leadership by Honoring the Headwaters: 10 Years of SLS.

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Mary Linton: A Key Thread in Merry Lea History

Mary Linton, a former Goshen College biology professor from 1989-2002, established a bridge between Goshen College and Merry Lea that still exists today. Linton was the first Lindsey Fellow as it appears today and was a conduit for immersing undergraduate students in Merry Lea’s habitats to appreciate the intrinsic value of nature. We pay tribute to Mary Linton’s impacts upon Merry Lea and her legacy.

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Hickory Scholar Project: Cattle Grazing and Prairie Burning

This research assess the potential for sustainably grazing domestic livestock on native prairie plants and the effects of burning on the ecosystem. Three students also conducted individual projects in relation to this research including arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi, insects and carbon sequestration.

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