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. –  1:30 p.m.

Ages: Sessions are open to students in grades 1 through 12. Students must be at least 6 years of age to participate.

Cost:  $7.50 per student for each session  OR  $25.00 maximum per family per session

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.  

Registration: Registration for the series opens July 1st. To register, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Please register at least one week in advance. We strongly recommend advanced registration, as the sessions fill quickly.

Payment: We prefer payment at the time of registration. If that is not possible, please contact us to set up alternative arrangements.

For more information please read our Homeschool Series Policies.  For registration assistance, please contact Katie Tipton at kctipton@goshen.edu or call 260-799-5869.

2019-2020 Homeschool Series

Water Wonders: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Drain or Retain: Thursday, October 10, 2019

The World of Plants: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Winter Survival: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Herp, Herp, Hooray!: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dirty Secrets: Thursday, May 21, 2020

For more information about the content of each session, check out the program descriptions for the 2019-2020 Homeschool Series.

Homeschool Registration Information

Registration opens on July 1st.

We communicate registration and program information through email so please list an email address you check frequently.