Our Mission

ACRES Land Trust owns and protects natural and working lands, inspiring people to value, appreciate and support these places for the benefit of all — today and forever.

Who We Are

ACRES Land Trust is a member-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting land in northeast Indiana and portions of southern Michigan and northwest Ohio.

Incorporated on March 2, 1960, ACRES is Indiana’s oldest and largest local land trust. Our 12 founders became the first ACRES members, each contributing $5 to protect local land. Today, our members and volunteers continue to sustain that mission.

Our work is carried out under board members who govern the organization, providing oversight and strategic direction. Ten full-time staff members ensure the protection of this land every day.

Protecting land, forever

Together with our members, ACRES takes action to acquire, preserve and restore land, protecting our region’s natural areas and working lands.

We preserve forests, wetlands, native grasslands, unique geologic formations and habitat for plants and animals including rare, threatened and endangered species. ACRES also protects farmland, managed forests and property for other uses.

Trails and programs

Thanks to member and volunteer support, ACRES maintains trail systems at many preserves for free public use. ACRES also offers a variety of hikes and events throughout our region, all year long. We invite you to explore these special places and join us in our mission to protect them forever.

Photo by Andrea Diehl

Why protect land?

The motivations behind why folks choose to help ACRES protect land are as numerous and varied as the species of flora and fauna on our preserves. Our relationships with nature are very personal and diverse, as evident in ACRES deep map. Which reasons for protecting land speak to you?


Learn more about ACRES Land Trust

Our History

Learn how ACRES Land Trust started.

Our History

Our Impact & Vision

Find our latest Annual Report and read our Strategic Plan.

Our Impact & Vision

Your Stories

ACRES members and volunteers make protecting land possible. Here are few of their stories.

Your Stories