Recent Happenings

Jason Martin Named Executive Director at Merry Lea

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.

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Merry Lea’s trails are here for you

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!

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Seed Swap Includes Miami Plant Traditions

Merry Lea’s second annual Seed Swap January 18 offered regional garden enthusiasts a chance to trade seeds and knowledge at nearly 20 booths and attend educational talks. Dani Tippmann of Whitley County Historical Museum spoke on “Plant Traditions of the Miami Tribe,” one of three educational talks offered.

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Merry Lea celebrates its volunteers

On December 3, the Merry Lea Team rewarded its volunteers with a dinner, entertainment and gifts of homemade jam. Volunteers donated over 1,221 hours to Merry Lea during 2019. Some braved early hours and the beaks of cardinals to help band birds; others led children on hikes, helped at the farm or portrayed animals for the Enchanted Forest.

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The Merry Lea Team: Transitions

Having trouble keeping track of all the comings and goings at Merry Lea? Meet our new farm manager, environmental educator, international volunteer and SEED recruiter. Meanwhile, Farm Manger Ellie Schertz left us for Tucson. In 2020, we expect to welcome a new executive director.

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Gascho receives Howard Michaud Award

Luke Gascho, former director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, is the recipient of the 2019 Howard Michaud Award. The Environmental Education Association of Indiana announced the selection November 1 at McCormick’s Creek State Park during their annual conference.  

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Dr. David Ostergren mug shot

Ostergren Named Acting Executive Director at Merry Lea

The search committee for a new executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College has invited David Ostergren, Ph.D., to serve as acting executive director for July and August 2019.

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Gascho Retires from Leadership at Merry Lea

After almost 22 years as executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Dr. Luke Gascho will retire June 30. The Merry Lea Team invites the public to a retirement reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Farmstead Pavilion, 2152 S 425 W, Albion. A short program will take place at 3 p.m.

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Kauffmann uncovers land snails

Duane Kauffmann, Goshen, Ind., is a retired professor with a unique passion: snail taxonomy. Following a May 20 slide show over lunch, Duane presented the Merry Lea Team with a pictorial notebook and display cases documenting the 31 species of snails he has found on Merry Lea property so far.

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Hayhoe Offers Hope at Religion and Science Conference

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a renowned atmospheric scientist who directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, was the featured speaker for Goshen College’s annual Religion and Science Conference March 29 to 31, 2019.

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