You are ACRES. You make it possible to protect land.

You are the explorers seeking respite, adventure and everything in between on the trails. You are the members who take responsibility and come together to protect land. You are the volunteers who invest your time, energy and sweat into ACRES. You are the land donors who permanently protect the places that matter most to you.

These are a few of your stories.

Dave Brumm

“When you’re retired, you’re supposed to have fun. Instead, I was sitting around the house, not knowing what to do.” Dave Brumm taught math, philosophy, computer science and social studies for South Side High School and he had the education to support it. Dave earned an undergraduate degree in psychology form the Air Force Academy (he served in active duty for five years), a second major in meteorology from San José State and a Masters in Education from Indiana-Purdue University Fort ... Read More

Heather DeLorenzo

“When you love a place, you take care of it.” My name is Heather DeLorenzo and my story with ACRES Land Trust began in 2014 when I first discovered the organization and became interested in supporting their mission. Since then, a few ACRES properties in Wabash County have become near-and-dear to my heart: Kokiwanee is where I go when I’m feeling adventurous and only want to drive twenty minutes. Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run is where I go when I want to hike in the midst of a geol ... Read More

Connie & Steve Richie

“No matter what the troubles, after I would come back from a walk in the woods, they had dissipated, and I had put them in perspective.” “The peace and calming is amazing,” says land donor Connie Richie, whose perspective came over time. She and husband Steve transformed 35 acres of marginal farmland into a planting of 5,000 trees. As their trees grew, Steve Richie mowed trails. With trees, other things grew: wild raspberries and blackberries. Mushrooms and squirrels. Deer and rabbits. ... Read More

Mike Ray & Dave Saylor

“He left me for dead in the rain. On the Appalachian Trail. I’m not kidding. There’s a video.” That’s how Dave Ray introduces his hiking buddy, Mike Saylor. The two Ohio pastors recently visited ACRES’ office to check out Helen Swenson’s hand-drawn map of Wing Haven, to see the office, and to meet the staff who care for the land they love to hike. And talk about their hiking experiences. Dave and Mike explain that for them, ACRES preserves provide weekday sabbaticals, persona ... Read More

The Stockman Family

“If you want the world to be a better place, it’s up to you to make it better,” he says. “These things don’t happen by magic. You can’t just assume someone else will take care of it.” When Felicity and Kieran Stockman wanted to sell lemonade in their front yard, their parents suggested they donate their proceeds to nonprofits. For Felicity, 11, and Kieran, 10, ACRES Land Trust was an easy choice. Not only did their curbside enterprise raise money, it raised awareness of the ... Read More

Jason Swisher

“I have explored just about every river in Northern Indiana. The Wabash, Eel, Maumee, Mississinewa.” This past summer, ACRES member and local artist, photographer, and designer Jason Swisher participated in “Dirt in Our Hands,” an exhibit curated by local artists/friends Julie Wall and Daniel Dienelt. The show explored connections between people, plants and animals. Swisher’s artistic statement read like a well developed treatise on local preservation. How does a self-proc ... Read More