SLS Draws Student All the Way From Nepal

Mandira Panta, a junior sustainability studies major from Kavre, Nepal, knew she wanted a liberal arts education. But it was Merry Lea’s Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS) in particular that wooed her to Goshen College.

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Skye McKinnon

Sustainability Leadership Semester Provides Time Outdoors

“Camping, hiking, fishing, boating…My parents raised me to be an adventurer,” says Skye McKinnell, a senior environmental science major from Salem, Ore. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she wanted a career where she could work outside.

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Seminarians Study Sustainability at Merry Lea

Benjamin and Rianna Isaak-Krauss bring a unique perspective to the 2018 cohort of Merry Lea’s Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS): they are seminary students rather than undergraduates. The married couple will graduate from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in 2019 with credits from the SLS on their transcripts.

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Executive Director Announces Retirement Plans

Luke Gascho, who has served as Merry Lea’s executive director for the past 21 years, says he has a strong internal sense that it is time to let go of leadership at Merry Lea. At a staff meeting on Monday, November 12, he announced his intent to retire on June 30, 2019.

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Rheannon Starr

SLS Student Sees Home from a New Angle

Living in a rural area is a new challenge for some students who take the Sustainability Leadership Semester at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Ind. For Rheannon Starr, Merriam, Ind., it is a chance to get a different perspective on her home community which is just ten minutes away.

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Merry Lea staff members light lanterns in preparation for the Enchanted Forest.

Enchanted Forest Allows Native Species to Tell Their Stories

The Enchanted Forest at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Ind., makes Northern Indiana a bit more magical each autumn. The nature center offers children and their favorite adults a night hike where animals talk. Friday and Saturday October 26 and 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m. are the 2018 dates.

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Pontius Tracks Wild Edibles From Indiana to Alaska

Merry Lea’s Dr. Joel Pontius is a student of foraging. Whether he’s leading students on the Sustainability Leadership Semester’s canoe trip or boating on Alaska’s Cook Inlet, Joel has his eyes peeled for wild foods and his ears attuned to stories about them.

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MAEE Students Share Their Ecosystem Studies

Merry Lea’s master’s students prepare ecosystem presentations for their Natural History course. Throughout the course, they’ve each spent time in a particular locale, learning the species found there and the ways the ecosystem changes over time.

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2018 MAEE cohort, left to right: Emily Haynes, Andrew Beal, Terri Habig, Sam Buchanan, Delany Bruce, Ali Sanders, TJ Rayhill, Vickie Benko, James Austin, Josh Crawford.

Merry Lea Welcomes Largest MAEE Cohort

The Master’s in Environmental Education program (MAEE) at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College welcomed its largest cohort ever in July 2018.

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