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Environmental Issues Class Focuses on Hope

Students in Merry Lea’s Master’s in Environmental Education program discuss vexing social problems in their Environmental Issues and History class. They prepare presentations on topics like micro-plastics and nuclear disasters. All the same, students say they find hope in the course.

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Merry Lea Supports Regional Food System with Seed Swap

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College hosted the Michiana Regional Seed Swap January 19 at Goshen High School, Goshen, Ind. Despite snowy weather, eleven vendors, over a hundred guests and thousands of locally adapted seeds came from as far away as Indianapolis and South Bend.

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Merry Lea’s Kinderforest Spreads to Goshen

Children at the Goshen College Lab Kindergarten are now participating in monthly kinderforest sessions similar to those that happen at Merry Lea. Members of Merry Lea’s Environmental Education Outreach Team collaborate with the kindergarten teachers. The sessions take place in the college’s Witmer Woods.

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MAEE Students Visit Wastewater Treatment Plant

Merry Lea’s master’s students encountered the complex science and muscular equipment behind the flush of a toilet January 9. The visit to Goshen’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was part of an environmental issues course taught by Dr. Joel Pontius.

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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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