Merry Lea is a nature sanctuary located near Wolf Lake, Indiana.  Most of the habitats found in northeastern Indiana are present in the 1,189 acres of 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. Management of the center is guided by a Christian theology of earthkeeping.

The Merry Lea 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

Our Programs

Public Programs
Throughout the year Merry Lea hosts a number of events for the public.  See what is happening at Merry Lea that you might be interested in joining.

Master's Degree in Environmental Education (M.A.)
Get a Master's degree in this intensive 11 month program in Environmental Education.

K-12 Programs
Each year over 5,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students participate in environmental education programs at Merry Lea.

Sustainability Leadership Semester
Spend fall semester living and learning at Merry Lea in this unique, interdisciplinary, immersive experience for undergrads. 

Agroecology Summer Intensive
Students learn about sustainable farming practices in this undergraduate summer program.

Institute for Ecological Regeneration
Goshen College launched three new institutes in March 2011. Among them is the Institute for Ecological Regeneration, based at Merry Lea.

Mennonite Creation Care Network
Merry Lea is a primary sponsor of this network of congregations finding diverse ways to care for the earth.