Valentine’s Day is most often celebrated indoors with chocolate and roses. At Merry Lea’s Valentine dinner on Friday, Feb. 15, the special treat is a night hike.
Hoosiers are blessed with a silent, unsung resource: abundant groundwater. This legacy is a 10,000 year-old gift from the glaciers that once covered Northern Indiana. But how vulnerable is our groundwater to contamination? Are we using our groundwater wisely or abusing it?
“Launch” is an apt word for the beginning of the Sustainability Semester in Residence (SSR), a new undergraduate program at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Ind. Students begin the semester with a weeklong exploration of the Elkhart River Watershed, traveling by canoe when possible.
For veteran photographers Paul McAfee, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Dave Dornberg, Munster, Ind., a nature photography workshop is about more than just pretty pictures: it’s an opportunity to help people understand and appreciate the land they live on. Dornberg and McAfee will serve as instructors for a nature photography workshop October 11-13 at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Ind.
“Learning from Long Traditions” is the theme of the Annual Autumn Hope Conference at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College Sept. 28-30, 2012. This faith-based event is a blend of time outdoors, reflection, conversation and worship. This year’s theme will explore the relationship between people and land in diverse times and places.
Runners who appreciate grass trails instead of asphalt will enjoy the annual Turtle Trot 5-K run, Saturday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, midway between Goshen and Fort Wayne.
Goshen College is announcing a new, unique opportunity for undergraduate students to earn a semester of college credit in a fairly unconventional way. Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College will offer (beginning in the fall of 2011) the Sustainability Semester in Residence for students to live and learn in Indiana’s first platinum-rated LEED® facility located on a 1,189-acre nature preserve. A cohort of six to 15 students will engage complex problems related to the regional watershed.
Editor’s note: Goshen College’s first three graduate students walked across the commencement stage in caps and gowns on April 26, and will complete master’s degrees in environmental education at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College in early June. Next year, the program will triple, with a cohort of 10 beginning studies in July. … Keep reading »