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.

ACRES Invasive Plant I.D. & Management Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 10 am – 3 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Join ACRES’ land management specialists for an in-depth look at identifying the many invasive plant species present in northeastern Indiana.

Following a cookout lunch provided by ACRES, the team will go over several methods to eradicate these plants.

Space is limited. RVSP to Evan Hill at 260-637-2273, ext. 3 or [email protected].

ACRES Swift Summer Sunset Caravan Hike

Friday, June 28, 7 pm
RSVP for beginning location; hike concludes at Fawn River Nature Preserve at sunset and includes Ropchan Wildlife Sanctuary and Ropchan Memorial preserves.

Join ACRES volunteers Janelle and Larry for a fast-paced, late summer evening hike through a few northern ACRES preserves. Swift hikes are invigorating, with restful stops while driving between preserves.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by June 25 to reserve space.

Shaded 5K Walk/Jog

Saturday, June 29, 2 pm
7496 W. SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Enjoy a casual walk or jog through the shaded forests and hills of Asherwood. This is not a typical 5K event with t-shirts, timing equipment, prizes, etc. but rather a chance to pursue your fitness goals with other nature lovers in a great setting. Water and restroom facilities available on site.

A Second Listening Session | ACRES’ Next Strategic Plan

Thursday, July 25, 6 pm
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Victory Noll Center, Guadalupe Room
1900 W Park Dr, Huntington, IN 46750

Review preliminary plans and provide your input into ACRES’ next strategic plan that begins in 2020.

Hosted by board president Steve Hammer and Jason Kissel.

Canoe Tour for Members

Saturday, July 27, 8 am
NOBLE COUNTY | Art Hammer Wetlands
9706 N 125 W, Wawaka, IN 46794

Paddle a portion of the Elkhart River through this 356-acre preserve featuring a swamp forest, small lake and low wetlands, into Waldron Lake, then enjoy a light lunch. Bring your own canoe or kayak—we’ll provide the meal.

Space is limited. RSVP to Evan Hill by July 22 at 260-637-2273, ext. 3 or
[email protected]

Creek Stomp XI

Saturday, August 3, 3 pm
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: It’s once again time to get up close and personal with leeches, pinching crayfish and biting mosquitoes, fossils, waterfalls, cliffs, minnows, salamanders, and—if we are lucky—a snake or two. You’ll get wet, dirty
and inspired.

Presented by the Kissel family.

Java Jaunt

Thursday, August 8, 9 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin, Robert C. and Rosella C. Johnson
and Whitehurst Nature Preserves
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Join us for a casual hike through this 88-acre complex of meadows and woodlands followed by a “treat yourself” stop for coffee at Well Grounded Café in Huntertown.

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!