Explore the outdoors at Merry Lea’s NatureFest, May 1-2

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Take a hike, roast marshmallows or go canoeing at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center’s annual spring festival, NatureFest, on Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m. NatureFest includes the Turtle Trot 5-K run, hikes for all ages and interests, and booths with hands-on interactive nature activities. Camping overnight is an option.

Merry Lea to offer wilderness first aid course

Wilderness first aid students prepare for a hands-on practice scenario at Merry Lea’s Farmstead Site. (Merry Lea)

What do you do when a medical emergency happens in a remote location? Would you recognize the signs of hypothermia in your scouting troop? How would you handle a sprained ankle on a family backpacking trip? Merry Lea will host its annual wilderness first aid workshop on Thursday and Friday, August 28 and 29, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Merry Lea’s NatureFest opens doors to the outdoors

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NatureFest, an annual spring festival held at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College in Wolf Lake, Ind., will take place Friday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 10, 3 p.m. NatureFest includes a 5-K run, hikes for all ages and interests, and booths with hands-on interactive nature activities. Camping overnight is an option. For a schedule, see merrylea.goshen.edu or call 260-799-5869.

Merry Lea to host birding weekend

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Experienced and aspiring birders alike will have an opportunity to seek out their favorite feathered friends during Merry Lea’s Midwest Birding Expedition on April 25 to 27 at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. The 1,189-acre nature center includes a diverse array of ecosystems, which makes it an ideal spot for spring birdwatching.