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Prairie burning near Kesling Wetland

Prairies Burn a Month Early

Warm weather the weekend of February 18 gave Land Manager Bill Minter and any nearby fire fans a leg up on spring prairie burning.

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Kayak with chickens

Faculty Prepare for New Sustainability Majors

Goshen College has been offering summer agriculture education since 2008 and fall sustainability education since 2012 through Merry Lea. But beginning in the fall of 2017, the college will be offering students complete majors in these rapidly-emerging field

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Exploring Goat Cay, part of Andros Marine National Park.

Master’s Students Explore Andros Island

Students in Merry Lea’s Master’s in Environmental Education program are learning to teach in a new ecosystem: a tropical island. This year, the curriculum expanded to include a three-week experience on Andros Island—a part of the Bahamas.

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New Agroecology Profs Join Merry Lea’s Team

In early January, John and Ruth Mischler joined the Merry Lea Team. The couple shares one position, with John as the director of agroecology and Ruth working quarter time as an assistant professor in the Sustainability and Environmental Education Department.

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Women doing artwork.

Women’s Spirituality Retreat Makes Earth, Women Visible

Women at Merry Lea’s Women’s Spirituality Retreat January 27-28 used empty picture frames to explore the theme, Invisible Women, Invisible Earth. They also found time for artwork and reading related to the theme.

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Students in Merry Lea's Master's in Environmental Education program visit the Heidelberg Place art project.

Master’s Students Meet Green Detroit

Students in Merry Lea’s Master’s in Environmental Education program spent December 1 and 2 in Detroit, Mich., learning about greening in an urban context. Professional field studies such as this overnight field trip are a regular part of the program. Several of them feature urban contexts to broaden the experiences that students receive in rural Northern Indiana.

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building diagram

Master’s Students Practice Leadership Skills

Merry Lea’s 2016-17 Master’s in Environmental Education cohort completed their leadership course before Christmas break with presentations on the nature centers that they had imagined themselves directing. This year, the centers were less “imaginary” than usual—most were based in areas students already knew well.

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Group shot, staff years of service

Team Members Honored for Years of Service

Five of Merry Lea’s employees were honored for their years of service at Goshen College’s annual Christmas celebration. It is unusual for a third of the staff to hit employment benchmarks the same year.

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Jane Litwiller, guitarist

Annual Dinner Honors Volunteers

November is the season when Merry Lea honors its volunteers with a special dinner, some informal entertainment and a gift. This year’s program included music, poetry and a story.

So how many volunteers contributed time in 2016?

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