In addition to providing more than 70 miles of trails open dawn to dusk, ACRES offers a variety of hikes & events throughout our region, all year long.

ACRES events are held rain or shine, sleet or snow. We love sharing the natural world with you in all seasons.

SHARE THE TRAILS

Saturday, September 2, 10 am – noon
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Tel-Hy
1429 N. 300 W, Huntington, IN 46750

Saturday, October 7, 10 am – noon
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Saturday, November 4, 2 – 4:30 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY | Ropchan Memorial
6830 N. 750 W, Orland, IN 46776

16TH ANNUAL WING HAVEN CANOE TRIP FOR MEMBERS

Saturday, September 9, 2 – 5 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY | Wing Haven
180 W 400 N, Angola, IN 46703

Relax as you paddle Seven Sisters Lakes, then enjoy a light meal and social time with other ACRES members. Bring your own canoe or kayak — we’ll provide the meal.

RSVP to Heather Barth by September 1 at 260-637-2273, ext. 5 or [email protected]

ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING & PICNIC

Sunday, September 17, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn and ACRES Office
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Parking is at the Dustin Barn, located east of the main drive ACRES’ Annual Meeting is a picnic.

Come and go as you please, join a guided hike, chat with your fellow members and relax with simple food and great music. Hear a brief Annual Report in the Dustin Barn at 1:30, repeated at 2:30. All members welcome at no charge. Buy tickets ($10/person) for picnic by September 8, call 260-637-2273 or buy online at acreslandtrust.org/annualpicnic

BEHIND THE SCENES: ACRES HOME OFFICE TOUR & TALK

Thursday, September 14, 5:30 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | ACRES Office
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Come tour the ACRES office after hours with the executive director. You’ll learn the history of the house, gain a better understanding of the daily operations, peek into all the nooks and crannies, and get answers to any questions you have about how the organization operates. Hosted by Jason Kissel.

CONSERVATION TODAY REVIEW

Thursday, September 28, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | ACRES Office
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Jim Barrett III, a founder of ACRES, wrote a paper for a 1964 Quest Club presentation. The paper, “Conservation Today,” provides a thoughtful and compelling case for land conservation that is very relevant today.

Download the paper at acreslandtrust.org/conservationtoday, read it, then join the discussion! Hosted by Jason Kissel.

NEXT INDIANA CAMPFIRE TREK & TALK
Hosted by Indiana Humanities Council

Thursday, October 12, 6 – 9 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Trek the trails with a humanities scholar, pausing along the way to hear pieces of environmental literature, and
learn about this place. Then, gather around a campfire for beers, food and conversation, connecting nature,
literature and the future of Indiana. Event for ages 12 and up. Upland Brewing Co. beer available to those 21 and older.

Space is limited. Tickets: $15 available at allencountycampfire.eventbrite.com.

POPP OPEN HOUSE FOR MEMBERS

Sunday, October 22, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Emanuel M. Popp Nature Preserve
12129 Tonkel Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Caretaker cottage tours, campfire hotdogs, refreshments, and hiking in this old-growth forest open only once a year,
only for ACRES members. Presented by Larry Biggerstaff,Popp caretaker. No RSVP required.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: WATERFOWL FOR MEMBERS

Saturday, November 11, 6 am
LAGRANGE COUNTY | Quog Lake
RSVP for address and to inquire about a caravan

Visit a closed property and see wildlife up close! Evan Hill, land management specialist, will call in Quog Lake’s diverse waterfowl. Ducks are early risers, so this outing starts before sunrise. Be on time and wear earth tones or camouflage to prevent scaring off the wildlife. Bring your camera and sense of adventure! Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected].

OPT OUTSIDE: EXPLORE THE CEDAR CREEK CORRIDOR PRESERVES
Friday, November 24
After your hike(s), check in at the ACRES office from 10 am – 2 pm

DEKALB COUNTY: James P. Covell Nature Preserve,
Heinzerling Family Five Points Nature Preserve
ALLEN COUNTY: Bicentennial Woods, Tom and Jane Dustin,
Robert C. and Rosella C. Johnson Nature Preserves, Vandolah Nature Preserve
Snap a selfie at a Cedar Creek preserve sign, then stop in the ACRES Office on the
Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve to look around, say hello and grab a snack.
Show us your preserve photo and save 50% on ACRES gear and membership.

 

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!