ACRES Hikes & Events

ACRES offers a variety of events throughout our region, all year long. Events are held rain or shine, sleet or snow. We love sharing the natural world with you in all seasons. To check the status of an event please call 260-637-2273 or email [email protected]

Please stay home if you feel ill or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are encouraged at all indoor events. Thank you!

Art Workshop for Members (RSVP)

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2 pm

ALLEN COUNTY | ACRES Land Trust Office
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Get creative with local artist Erin Patton-McFarren who specializes in experimental cyanotypes. Using sunlight and parts of nature, create your own unique cyanotype print. Learn different techniques and take home your work after the event. All supplies included.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by July 8.

New Member Open House

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1 – 2:30 pm

ALLEN COUNTY | ACRES Land Trust Office
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Are you new to ACRES? Welcome! Meet other new members and longtime volunteers while learning how your membership protects land. Hear ACRES’ history and updates on new projects, and get answers to your questions: How do we acquire new land? How will we protect it forever?

Refreshments and light snacks provided.

Sundae Saunter

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 10 am

LAGRANGE COUNTY | Fawn River Nature Preserve
just west of 10100 E. 800 N, Orland, IN 46776

Take a stroll through the forested trails and enjoy views of Fawn River. Afterwards, join us for a “treat-yourself” ice cream stop at Sweet Summers in Orland, IN

Bat Research Presentation

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 5:30 pm

ALLEN COUNTY | ACRES Land Trust Office
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

“Hang” with Dr. Bergeson as we chat about bat research taking place in northeastern Indiana, including at a few ACRES preserves. Learn about native bat species, observe the research equipment and explore why these flying critters are so important.

Presented by Dr. Scott Bergeson from the Wildlife Lab at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by August 7.

Creek Stomp for Members


WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

This spectacular creek is off limits the rest of the year, so here’s your chance! Get up close and personal with minnows, pinching crayfish and fossils as you make your way through the cliffs and waterfalls of the Ross Run gorge. You’ll get wet, dirty — and inspired. Water shoes are recommended.

Presented by the Kissel family.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] org or 260-637-2273 by August 11.

Lifetime Members Cookout

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 6 – 8pm

ALLEN COUNTY | Tom & Jane Dustin Nature Preserve Events Barn
1992 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

ACRES would like to welcome lifetime members to a barn party to celebrate protecting local land. As all good barn parties require, we’ll provide food, drinks and live music! Invitations to follow.

(A life membership is a one-time donation of $1,000 or more. Join, or upgrade your membership, at

Field Flower Hike


1570 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, IN 46750

Enjoy the final blooms of the season along the trails, and learn to identify some of these native flowers and grasses that thrive in the sun.

Presented by Pehkokia Woods Preserve Steward John Laatsch.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by August 19.

In addition to our public hikes & events, we also offer guided hikes and presentations to private groups. From youth groups, to senior clubs, we’d love to share the trails and our story with you and your group!