Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College Merry Lea is an 1,189-acre nature preserve owned by Goshen College. It is known for its diverse ecosystems and strong environmental education programs.
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Merry Lea is a natural sanctuary located near Wolf Lake, Indiana. Management of the center is guided by a Christian theology of earthkeeping. Most of the habitats found in northeastern Indiana are present on Merry Lea. Unique geological features such as peat bogs, a marl pit, and glacial gravel formations are present. Observable management practices include wetland, prairie, and savanna restorations, as well as sustainable agriculture. A vigorous educational program interprets the significant biological and geological features.

Mission: Providing a natural sanctuary for northern Indiana's plants and animals Providing environmental education for people of all ages Providing a setting for re-creating opportunities that benefit the human body and spirit while not exploiting the land or excessively disturbing its ecosystems

Discover #spring changes in your backyard or around your neighborhood by making placemats with graduate student Shay! 🌷🌺...
05/07/2020

Discover #spring changes in your backyard or around your neighborhood by making placemats with graduate student Shay! 🌷🌺🌿What art designs are you able to create using nature?

📹https://youtu.be/iv1N2qa3eNY
🖥️Visit www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning for the Nature Placemat activity and instructions.

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#QuarantineActivities #NatureCrafts
📸Placemats created with items collected from nature. Photo by Shay Hart / ML

The marvelous world of trees is diverse in function, characteristics, and uses.🌳Craft your way through this world with g...
05/05/2020

The marvelous world of trees is diverse in function, characteristics, and uses.🌳Craft your way through this world with graduate student Jennifer and create your own bird🐦feeder! Send us a photo of your upcycled bird feeder🤗

📹https://youtu.be/8bHil2biKHQ
🖥️Visit www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning for the Recycled Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder Activity.

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#QuarantineActivities #OptOutside
📸Buds on a pawpaw tree at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm. Photo by Kaeli Evans / ML

05/02/2020

#DidYouKnow that not all 🐝sting? Discover more about native Indiana bees and #spring changes with graduate student Hannah!

📹https://youtu.be/0h03o48onPk
🖥️Visit www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning for more bee activities.

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#EnvironmentalEducation #OptOutside
📸A native bee pokes its head out of its home and goes back in. Video by Hannah Bennett / Merry Lea.

Connecting with the land helps physical, emotional and community health. 🌏🌿A local program has land set aside to allow B...
05/01/2020
Program helps refugees farm | Local | Journal Gazette

Connecting with the land helps physical, emotional and community health.
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A local program has land set aside to allow Burmese refugees create their own small farm businesses. Merry Lea's Director of Agroecology John Mischler is advising with the farm layout. He is one of many that will help these farmers learn about the local land to be successful business owners.
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Read this article by The Journal Gazette to learn more about this initiative, the importance of local foods and how #UrbanFarming can help establish roots in a community!
#agroMerryLea
https://journalgazette.net/news/local/20200423/program-helps-refugees-farm?fbclid=IwAR1O4TRygbZQDlk10nbX_g_GyDmz4zBzH4Sx2dtA9B5rqZwlkFcFEYml3W8

📸Photo by The Journal Gazette
📸John Mischler picks berries at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm. Photo by Ruth Mischler / Merry Lea.

Get to know the 🌳trees around you with graduate student Christine. 🔎What are some observations you made while exploring ...
04/30/2020

Get to know the 🌳trees around you with graduate student Christine. 🔎What are some observations you made while exploring the different features of trees?👇Tell us in the comments!

📹https://youtu.be/ALj9V6B3_e0
🖥️Visit www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning for more tree-based activities.

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#QuarantineActivities #PlayBasedLearning #OptOutside
📸Oak savanna ecosystem at Merry Lea. Photo by Elena Fischer / Merry Lea.

#Sustainability doesn't have to be daunting. Merry Lea graduate student Jay shows how you can grow a garden 🌱in a pot!🥕❓...
04/28/2020

#Sustainability doesn't have to be daunting. Merry Lea graduate student Jay shows how you can grow a garden 🌱in a pot!🥕
❓What things have you been doing at home to be more sustainable?

📹https://youtu.be/mDKhQN7zMbE
🖥️Visit www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning for gardening and composting guides.

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#NatureConnection #EnvironmentalEducation #OptOutside
📸Small heads of lettuce growing. Photo by Dale Hess / Merry Lea.

04/27/2020

Did you know that #chickens get dirty to get clean?🧐
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They sit in the dirt, ruffle their feathers, and kick up the dust. The dust coats their feathers, which helps remove excess oil and parasites like lice and mites.🚫And it helps keep their feathers water-resistant.💧💦

Check out our chickens taking a dust bath!
#Neature #agromerrylea

📹Hens at Merry Lea Sustainable farm sitting in and kicking up dust. Video by Kaeli Evans / Merry Lea.

🌳Trees are truly tremendous trust us!🌳Explore the unique features of trees by using different senses, rolling logs, and ...
04/25/2020

🌳Trees are truly tremendous trust us!🌳Explore the unique features of trees by using different senses, rolling logs, and other activities with Merry Lea graduate student Laura. Visit www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning for more tree-based activities.

🎥https://youtu.be/2R_BrIznwWE

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#NatureConnection #EnvironmentalEducation #OptOutside
📸Various tree bark textures and fungi growing. Photos by Laura Rathburn / Merry Lea.

We're keeping plenty busy at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm...and so are the chickens who are laying up to two dozen eggs ea...
04/24/2020

We're keeping plenty busy at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm...and so are the chickens who are laying up to two dozen eggs each morning!
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The greenhouse is certainly a very green house with lettuce starts and summer vegetable plants like tomatoes, peppers and basil.

What plants are you growing in your spaces during this time?

📸Lettuce, vegetable plants, and chickens at the farm. Photos by Kaeli Evans / Merry Lea.

"In the future, ample green corridors will run parallel to bike paths that connect parks in Goshen...New streets and pub...
04/23/2020
José Miguel Chiquito-Galván '20: A vision for a better tomorrow | Goshen College

"In the future, ample green corridors will run parallel to bike paths that connect parks in Goshen...New streets and public art will honor the great cultural diversity of our city’s people."
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Read this beautiful vision of the future by José Miguel Chiquito-Galván, one of our first Sustainability Studies majors graduating this year. Imagine with him as he describes "a sustainable community capable of thriving in the midst of adversity." Thank you for sharing and working towards your vision José!

Congratulations Goshen College class of 2020!

https://www.goshen.edu/news/2020/04/22/jose-miguel-chiquito-galvan-20-a-vision-for-a-better-tomorrow/?utm_source=friends&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sharebuttons
📸José canoeing during the Sustainability Leadership Semester canoe trip. Photo by Joel Pontius / Merry Lea
📸Photo by Barbara Johnston / University of Notre Dame

04/23/2020

🤔Are you wondering who's living at the farm right now? Meet some of our current residents🐤🐐 and dive deeper into the world of chickens🐓with Merry Lea graduate student Gena. Follow along with this activity: www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning

🎥https://youtu.be/-Xi37wcuVBI

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#agroMerryLea #NatureEducation #EnvironmentalEducation #OptOutside

🐸Frog eggs, frog calls, and frog homes, oh my!🐸Merry Lea graduate student Madison Proctor gets an up-close look at some ...
04/21/2020

🐸Frog eggs, frog calls, and frog homes, oh my!🐸Merry Lea graduate student Madison Proctor gets an up-close look at some of the unseen parts of a frog's life in seasonal wetlands. Follow along with this activity: www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning/

🎥 https://loom.ly/Kkugdkw

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#NatureConnection #EnvironmentalEducation #OptOutside
📸Many wood frog tadpoles swimming in a vernal pond. Photo by Carol Good-Elliott / Merry Lea.

Without any leaves in early spring🌿, how can you tell the different types of trees🌳🌲? Charis McPhee, graduate student at...
04/18/2020
Online Learning – Merry Lea

Without any leaves in early spring🌿, how can you tell the different types of trees🌳🌲? Charis McPhee, graduate student at Merry Lea, shows and observes how buds and twigs of trees help identify them. Follow along with this activity: www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning/

🎥https://youtu.be/33k3JoPkI5c

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#EnvironmentalEducation #QuarantineActivities #EarthDay2020

📸Close-up of serviceberry buds. Photo by Carol Good-Elliott / Merry Lea.

While we can’t offer in-person programs or experiences during this time, our team of Environmental Education staff and graduate students are busy creating activities for you and your family to try at home! Join us for our ‘Environmental Education Learning Playlist’, with fun activities, virtua...

The pocket prairies are freshly burned around the student cottages and the garlic is happy.  Here's to remembering a lit...
04/17/2020

The pocket prairies are freshly burned around the student cottages and the garlic is happy. Here's to remembering a little heat on this snowy day! #agromerrylea

❓Did you know it's #InternationalHaikuPoetryDay? Share with us your best🍃Nature Haiku in the comments below!👇To get you ...
04/17/2020

❓Did you know it's #InternationalHaikuPoetryDay? Share with us your best🍃Nature Haiku in the comments below!👇
To get you started here's one we created for today:

April showers bring
Snow upon dandelions'
Heads, soft as spring's hue

🌷❄️Enjoy all the colors of spring!
#NationalPoetryMonth #AprilSnow

📸A female cardinal perches among snowy branches. Photo by Elena Fischer / Merry Lea.

When you're out exploring nature, don't forget about the rocks!🌎Merry Lea graduate student Mary Claire talks about the h...
04/16/2020
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When you're out exploring nature, don't forget about the rocks!🌎Merry Lea graduate student Mary Claire talks about the hidden wonders of rocks in this video and activity she created. 🕵️‍♀️Check out the activity at www.goshen.edu/merrylea/teachers/online-learning/

🎥https://youtu.be/p5cRJxTWMaY

Visit our page or Website every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#EnvironmentalEducation #GeologyRocks

📸A student sorts different kinds of rocks during a program. Photo by Merry Lea.

04/15/2020

Joining faculty around the world and doing some online lesson planning while it lightly snows outside here at the farm. We have our young plants covered and luckily none of our fruit trees are blossoming yet. Stay warm out there and try to enjoy the last snow(s?) of the season! @goshencollege #agromerrylea #aprilsnow

It's Tuesday E.E.Learning time!🥳Discover the wonderful world of #LoosePartsPlay with Environmental Educator Katie Tipton...
04/14/2020
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It's Tuesday E.E.Learning time!🥳Discover the wonderful world of #LoosePartsPlay with Environmental Educator Katie Tipton, as she uses different natural items🍃 to explore and learn.

🎥https://youtu.be/BGeLXfQ1ho8

Check out our page every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#PlayBasedLearning #NatureConnection

📸Ephemeral art of leaves, wildflowers, and grasses. Photo by Merry Lea.

Our seedling starting setup is humming along!  Many of us midwesterners got a few snow flurries this week...but we at th...
04/11/2020

Our seedling starting setup is humming along! Many of us midwesterners got a few snow flurries this week...but we at the farm have been planting out the indoor areas and are ready to move outside! If you are starting your own garden this year think about cold hearty crops like radishes, turnips, peas, kale, mizuna, etc. Happy planting - remember it is an investment in both your physical and spiritual/mental health! @goshencollege #agromerrylea #greenthumb #microgreens #eatinginseason

Next time you go for a walk around the neighborhood or local park, Merry Lea Environmental Educator Katie Tipton has an ...
04/11/2020

Next time you go for a walk around the neighborhood or local park, Merry Lea Environmental Educator Katie Tipton has an activity you can do along the way!🌎#OptOutside to help the environment while also staying healthy💪

🎥https://youtu.be/Dpr15_8nAEk

Check out our page every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

#EarthMonth #QuarantineActivities

📸A group of students cleaning up trash. Photo by Merry Lea.

We know lots of different kinds of plants🌷and animals🐇exist, but have you ever tried counting them all in a single space...
04/09/2020

We know lots of different kinds of plants🌷and animals🐇exist, but have you ever tried counting them all in a single space? Join Merry Lea Environmental Educator Elena Fischer in exploring how diverse outdoor spaces are while talking about the importance of biodiversity through 🎨🖍art!

🎥https://youtu.be/jVUL5xFxj0g

Check out our page every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

🌎 #NatureEducation #EnvironmentalEducation #QuarantineActivities

📸This year's Masters students hiking in a field of wildflowers. Photo by Merry Lea.

It's definitely springtime - but how do we know when spring has sprung? Join Merry Lea Environmental Educator Krista Fre...
04/07/2020
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It's definitely springtime - but how do we know when spring has sprung? Join Merry Lea Environmental Educator Krista Freel on the trails of Merry Lea to look for those signs of #spring🌷🐇!

🎥https://youtu.be/2YJX526A0lU

Check out our page every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

🌎 #EarthMonth #EnvironmentalEducation #OptOutside

📸Closeup of a bloodroot flower. Photo by Carol Good-Elliott / Merry Lea.

Exciting things are happening at Merry Lea! Check out our page every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities ...
04/07/2020
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Exciting things are happening at Merry Lea! Check out our page every📅Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for new activities that you and your family can do in this time of E.E.Learning...or Environmental Education Learning!🐢🌱

🌎What better time to become explorers and learners than during #EarthMonth?

🎥Watch to learn more: https://youtu.be/Iw3ql8xclio

Hear from Marcos Stoltzfus, the Director of Environmental Education about Merry Lea's new online content. Be sure to check back later today for Tuesday's activities!

📸Group photo of the current graduate students. Photo by Elena Fischer / Merry Lea.

This spring, consider what you can do to create habitat for pollinators and other wild plants and animals in the space a...
04/06/2020
Pollinator gardens: beauty, function and flourishing

This spring, consider what you can do to create habitat for pollinators and other wild plants and animals in the space around your home. In this story, Joel Pontius shares some inspiration, featuring Merry Lea's Carol Good-Elliott, current MAEE student, Jay Rozelle, and Goshen's Director of Environmental Resilience, Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley.

I take in the slow pumping of burnt orange and black wings against lavender thistle blossoms with my daughters, listening to the audible in-breath of their wonder. From the side, we watch the monarch’s proboscis—the long, straw-like organ this butterfly uses to drink nectar—bounce methodically...

🤔Are Merry Lea's public trails still open? Yes they are!🌿Don't know what to do on the trails? iNaturalist is a great too...
04/03/2020
iNaturalist

🤔Are Merry Lea's public trails still open? Yes they are!🌿

Don't know what to do on the trails? iNaturalist is a great tool to use individually🚶‍♀️or as a family👭👬to engage with the outdoors.

Become a citizen scientist by🕵️‍♀️ capturing your observations of wildlife on the trails. Upload photos📸and write what you noticed on iNaturalist's📱app or website to share them with the community. It’s a great way to get started thinking about your surroundings and the🌱plants and🦊🐢animals that share the space with you!

Visit their website https://www.inaturalist.org/ or download the app for free to learn more

📸A Monarch Butterfly rests on some wildflowers. Photo by Merry Lea.

What day is it??🤔 Lately, the days have been blurring together and there are still so many challenges we are facing. But...
04/01/2020
52 Things Outside

What day is it??🤔 Lately, the days have been blurring together and there are still so many challenges we are facing. But we can celebrate that it is finally April! 🌏🌺 🌧 If you are looking for some inspiration to get outdoors (while practicing social distancing of course) check out these links for different ideas! Now excuse me while I go visit a nearby park..

Facebook: 52 Things to Do Outside Before You Grow Up

Website: https://52thingsoutside.org/

52 Things to Do Outside Before You Grow Up

"The beauty of the natural world lies in the details." - Natalie AngierFeeling cooped up inside? Explore #nature in your...
03/30/2020

"The beauty of the natural world lies in the details." - Natalie Angier

Feeling cooped up inside? Explore #nature in your backyard or on our trails!
#WomensHistoryMonth #optoutside

📸Moss on a log with spores. Photo by Carol Good-Elliott / Merry Lea

🎶So no one told you life was gonna be this way👏👏👏👏Nature's there for youuuu🎶 This [Eastern] Phoebe wants to be your F ▪️...
03/27/2020

🎶So no one told you life was gonna be this way👏👏👏👏

Nature's there for youuuu🎶 This [Eastern] Phoebe wants to be your F ▪️ R ▪️ I ▪️ E ▪️ N ▪️ D !

If you're running out of🖍️coloring pages or just need a brain break, here's a birb🐤we made for you to get creative!🖌️Feel free to share your designs with us💚

Eastern Phoebes are a sure sign that #spring is coming or already here as they are one of the early-returning migrant birds. Listen for their buzzy "FEE-bee" when you go outside. You can also listen to their calls here: http://ow.ly/BhCx50yXCzE

You can most likely find them perched🌳, bobbing or flicking their tail, waiting to snatch an insect for a snack. One way to tell them from other flycatchers is that both the lower and upper bill are black - on other flycatchers of similar size in this area, the lower bills are lighter than the upper bill.😎Fun #birb facts for you

Learn more about Eastern Phoebes here while you color this new #Nature Friend! http://ow.ly/o4kL50yXCzD

“The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us s...
03/27/2020

“The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” - Lady Bird Johnson

#WomensHistoryMonth #optoutside

📸Canoers during the Sustainability Leadership Semester canoe trip. Photo by Merry Lea

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Merry Lea is a natural sanctuary located near Wolf Lake, Indiana. Management of the center is guided by a Christian theology of earth-keeping. Most of the habitats found in northeastern Indiana are present on Merry Lea. Unique geological features such as peat bogs, a marl pit, and glacial gravel formations are present. Observable management practices include wetland, prairie, and savanna restorations, as well as sustainable agriculture. Merry Lea is a leader in environmental education, offering pre-K to 12 programs, undergraduate semesters, a master’s degree and programs for the general public.

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To The Michiana Seed Swap. I will not be able to make it to the swap today. This winter storm has really made a mess of the roads and I don't think I could not drive fast enough on them to get there on time.
Goshen College Tom Hertzel and students from the Fall Leadership Program visit PBC Victory Garden at Pilgrim Baptist Church of Fort Wayne so happy to share our story "Stewardship" Plant a Seed and Feed the Need
My amazing team at Merry Lea surprised me wonderfully last week! I am honored to be engaged in the many facets of the work here. I continue to be energized by my team members, the mission and vision of Merry Lea and the many opportunities to care of God's creation in regenerative ways.