Merry Lea’s nature-based early childhood programs are unique to the region and unique to the field as we deliver partnership-based programs.
We collaborate with Central Noble Primary School (CNP), Wolf Lake, Ind. and the Cole Center Family YMCA, Kendallville, Ind., to provide nature preschool Monday – Thursday. Students spend each morning learning in their indoor classroom at CNP before exploring Merry Lea’s outdoor classroom in the afternoon for two hours in rain, shine or snow.
We support our youngest, curious learners through extended time in nature. The outdoors provides rich opportunities for variety, movement and creativity that we supplement with additional tools, hands-on activities and student agency. Activities and excursions at Merry Lea evolve based on students’ emerging interests and connect to themes they explore in their indoor classroom at CNP.