A central element of Merry Lea’s mission is, “Providing environmental education for people of all ages.”

Each year over 5,000 students between the ages of preschool and 12th grade participate in environmental education programs at Merry Lea. We design our programs to fit school curricula as well as state science standards.

Field trips are facilitated by staff educators, graduate students earning their Masters in Environmental Education, undergraduate Education and Science Majors, and teaching volunteers. These experiences in the outdoor world are shaped to help inspire exploration, foster a sense of wonder, and share joy with children of all ages. We provide information about ecosystems and natural processes of northeastern Indiana, provoke interest in life-long investigation, and encourage stewardship. We want each child to come away with a sense of place and hope.

Program offerings vary depending on the time of year and have a small fee per student. Pay close attention to the registration deadlines as our schedule fills up quickly.

Feel free to contact us with questions. Call Katie Tipton at 260-799-5869 or email kctipton@goshen.edu.


Click here to register for a field trip!


Use the link above to schedule a field trip. Please do not hesitate to contact Katie Tipton at kctipton@goshen.edu or 260-799-5869 with any questions or issues that arise when using this form.


Programs at Merry Lea

Please visit our Field Trips page to read through the descriptions of the standard on-site programs we offer at Merry Lea.

We also offer custom programs. Custom programs may combine 2-3 of our standard programs or you may request a program about birds, renewable energy, wild edible plants, wetland restoration, and insects.  All custom programs have separate pricing. Please contact Katie Tipton at kctipton@goshen.edu or 260-799-5869 with any questions.

Please review our Scheduling Policies page with any questions about scheduling a program.

Off-site Programs

gms soils 2Merry Lea also offers programs on a variety of topics that can be delivered in school classrooms, libraries, or other locations. Please contact Katie Tipton at kctipton@goshen.edu for more information.