Why You Should Visit
Only 3 percent of Indiana's natural wetland is left in northeastern Indiana, with Merry Lea in Noble and Whitley Counties being one of them. The Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center allows its visitors to see what used to cover about 24 percent of Indiana hundreds of years ago. Most of the habitats found in northeastern Indiana are present, along with a few unique geological features such as peat bogs, a marl pit, and glacial gravel formations. Merry Lea was dedicated as a State Nature Preserve in 1980.
What the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center is Doing
In order to preserve the restoration already done to Merry Lea, management practices include wetland maintenance, wildlife habitat improvement, wildlife food plantings, no-till farming, and walnut culture. The preserve is owned and managed by Goshen College.