Below is a list of the standard programs offered at Merry Lea. Each program description includes:

  • Season in which the program is offered
  • Appropriate grade level
  • Standard program length
  • Maximum number of students*
  • A brief overview of the program

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 note: if bringing more than the maximum number of students, you will need to reserve more than one field trip date

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Autumn Adventures

September-November

Students will learn how animals and plants are adapted to survive winter in Indiana.

Grades preschool-2 3-4 Hours 80 Students Max
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Biodiversity

April-October

Survey first-hand the diversity of life at Merry Lea. Explore several ecosystems in search of plants & animals there.

Grades 6-12 3-4 hours 35 Students Max
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Exploring Merry Lea Sustainable Farm

September-November

This program will focus on exploring the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm as an edible ecosystem.

Grades k-12 3-4 hours 80 Students Max
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Exploring Nature

April-May

Discover what’s happening in nature that makes a particular season unique. Students visit several natural communities.

Grades preschool-5 3-4 hours 80 Students Max
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Nature’s Recyclers

April-October

Students become detectives to search for as many of nature’s recyclers as they can find.

Grades 1-5 3-4 hours 50 Students Max
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Rock Cycle

April-October

Dig into northeastern Indiana’s rich geological history! Students start inside for a slide introduction explaining glaciers & their impact on this area.

Grades 3-12 3-4 hours 80 Students Max
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Trees are Terrific

April-November

This program introduces students to the marvelous world of trees.

Grades k-5 3-4 hours 50 Students Max
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Water Quality

April-October

What, if anything, is wrong with our water? How did it get that way? What can be done about it now?

Grades 6-12 3-4 hours 35 Students Max
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Winter Nature

Janurary-February

Enjoy the wonders of winter! Students explore how people, plants and animals cope with winter.

Grades preschool-8 3-4 hours 40 Students Max
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Wonderful Wetlands

April-October

Students learn what a “wetland” is, how to recognize different kinds of wetlands, what lives in wetlands, & the many important functions wetlands have.

Grades 3-12 3-4 hours 80 Students Max
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