Merry Lea is among the best-assembled land preserves in Indiana and contains a diverse group of Indiana ecosystems.

The 1,189-acre preserve contains a wonderful complex of lakes, wetlands, upland and lowland forests, oak savannas/woodlands, prairies and meadows. Unique geological features include:

  • A glacial esker on the west side of the property. This is a gravel ridge formed by sediments deposited in a glacial meltwater channel flowing under the historic glacier.
  • Several glacial kames. Kames are landscape-scale sediment mounds that accumulated in depressions on a retreating glacier. They were then deposited on the land surface with further melting of the glacier.

For more information on the ecosystems of Merry Lea use the links below.

Wildflowers of Merry Lea

Spring Forest Ephemerals

Prairie Forbs

Summer Forest Flowers