Each year, Merry Lea sponsors a series of class sessions for homeschooled students covering a range of natural history and environmental topics. Sessions are planned so that students can attend in successive years, building on previous experiences. Additionally, any of our field trips are available as a homeschool activity as well. Contact us for more information.

During homeschool series sessions, students spend a significant portion of time outdoors to take advantage of Merry Lea’s wonderfully diverse landscapes. Students are grouped for trail explorations to provide age appropriate instruction.

Class Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check in begins at 9:15 a.m.

Cost:  $7.50 per student for each session  OR

$21.00 per student for all three sessions if paid at the October session

$25.00 maximum per family per session (Only for families who will not attend all the sessions.)

Lunch: Bring along a sack lunch and a water bottle. Students may be carrying lunches on the trail.

Clothing: Dress for the forecasted weather conditions. We recommend old clothes and closed-toe shoes.            

Follow the link to read the Homeschool Series details and policies. To register, see the links to the registration forms at the bottom of this page. Please register at least one week in advance. We strongly recommend advanced registration, as the sessions fill quickly. For registration assistance, please contact Katie Stoltzfus at kcstoltzfus@goshen.edu or call 260-799-5869.

2016-2017 Homeschool Series

Exploring Merry Lea Sustainable Farm: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Winter Survival: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wonderful Wetlands: Thursday, May 25, 2017

For more information about the content of each session, click here for the 2016-2017 Homeschool Series Program descriptions.

Homeschool Registration


Please complete both the Program Selection and Family Contact Information forms.