Each year, Merry Lea hosts programs for homeschooled students covering a range of natural history and environmental topics. During homeschool programs, students spend a significant portion of time outdoors to take advantage of Merry Lea’s wonderfully diverse landscapes. Students are grouped by age for trail explorations to provide age appropriate instruction.

Additionally, any of our standard field trips are available as a homeschool co-op program as well. Contact us for more information.

Homeschool Programs

  1. Homeschool Series | ages 6 – 8

Merry Lea is hosting our annual series with 5 programs that cover a range of natural history and environmental topics on Merry Lea’s trails. To make it easier for families with students of multiple ages, these program times happen concurrently with each Junior IMN session (see below) being held at Merry Lea.

See below for more details and this school year’s 2021-2022 Homeschool Series program options.

2. Junior and Teen Indiana Master Naturalist | ages 9 – 17

Merry Lea is hosting a monthly 9-session series in collaboration with Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site that brings together natural resource specialists with young people to explore Indiana’s landscapes and wildlife, and promotes volunteer service.

See this webpage for more details and this school year’s Junior and Teen IMN sessions.


2021-2022 Homeschool Series Program Options

Trees are Terrific

Examine leaves, seeds, buds and more as students hike among the trees, compare and contrast living tree examples, and participate in trail-based activities designed to spark curiosity and learning – all about trees!

Date: September 16
Location: Learning Center | 2388 S 500 W | Albion, IN 46701

Autumn Adventures

Discover how animals and plants prepare for winter by observing evidence and using all 5 senses in the forests, meadows and wetlands at Merry Lea.

Date: October 7
Location: Learning Center

Geology is Great!

Descend into our gravel pit and hike along a glacier-made hill! Rock out about rocks and geology in this hands-on hike.

Date: November 4
Location: Glacial Retreat Center | 1799 S 650 W | Kimmell, IN 46760

Vernal Ponds & Wetlands

Put on your grubby clothes and shoes and join us to explore firsthand what lives in the aquatic ecosystems of Merry Lea, including a vernal pond, wetland and lake.

Date: April 14
Location: Luckey’s Landing | 2300 S Stone St. | Albion, IN 46701

Insect Expedition

What makes a happy bug habitat? Explore homes for pollinators and other insects, with a focus on comparing woods with our very own sustainable farm! Practice using insect nets, jars and other collection techniques on our expedition to find insect life.

Date: May 5
Location: Farmstead | 2152 S 425 W | Albion, IN 46701

Program Details

Ages & Times

Ages 6 – 8 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Older students may join our NEW Junior and Teen Indiana Master Naturalist program!

All homeschool series programs are happening concurrently with each Junior IMN session being held at Merry Lea (not at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site).


Cost: $5.50/child for each program

Sign-ups: Students can register for one or all of the programs

Safety Guidelines

Merry Lea cares about the safety of our guests and staff. To protect our youngest learners, we ask all participants to join Merry Lea staff in following these policies:

  • All participants are required to wear face masks during the program
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance whenever possible
  • Self-screen before arrival and continue rigorous handwashing

Please note these policies are subject to change at any time.

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All offerings are aligned to Indiana Academic Standards, and are designed to support your student’s academic and outdoor learning. Please review our Scheduling Policies page with any questions about scheduling a program, cancellation policies, program logistics and registration.