Merry Lea offers alternative to holiday frights Oct. 24-25

WOLF LAKE, Ind. — Children and their parents can enjoy a different experience at Halloween that doesn’t include ghouls and goblins or cackles and screams.

At Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, they’ll be greeted by enchanting animals instead of frightening phantoms at Merry Lea’s Enchanted Forest from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24-25 at the Merry Lea Farmstead off U.S. 33 south of Wolf Lake, Ind., at the junction of S.R. 109 and C.R. 425 W.

The child-friendly evenings ­ for the whole family to enjoy ­ include a guided night hike to meet volunteers dressed in animal costumes, who talk about their “lives” and natural habitats. Young visitors might encounter a bear, owl, skunk, fox or butterfly while learning the secrets of the wild.

Families will enjoy refreshments in the barn located at the Merry Lea Farmstead, along with a bonfire and live music. Kid Kazooey from Bloomington, Ind., will provide the musical entertainment Oct. 24, and The Schrickers from Plymouth, Ind., will provide kid-type music for all ages Oct. 25.

Tickets are $2.50 per person, available at the barn. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead.

Merry Lea, 300 S. 500 W. in Noble County south of Wolf Lake, is a natural sanctuary for northern Indiana’s plants and animals, provides environmental education for people of all ages and a setting to recreate opportunities that benefit the human body and spirit without exploiting the land. Merry Lea, created with the assistance of the Nature Conservancy and the generosity of Lee A. and Mary Jane Rieth, is owned and operated by Goshen College. For more information, log on to http://www.goshen.edu/merrylea or call (260) 799-5869.

For more information, contact Paul Steury at (260) 799-5869.