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!

Seed Collection Workday

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 4–6 pm

HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Pehkokia Woods
1570 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, IN 46750

Help us harvest native seeds alongside fellow volunteers. The seeds will be used for upcoming restoration projects on other ACRES preserves. No prior experience necessary. Workdays will begin with a short introduction to plant identification and harvesting techniques. All equipment will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended.

Fall Story Time Hike

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 10 am

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY | Wildwood
409 E. SR 14, Silver Lake, IN 46982

Join fellow families and enjoy a fall-themed children’s book along the trails. In partnership with South Whitley Community Public Library.

Wing Haven Workday

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 10 am—1 pm

STEUBEN COUNTY | Wing Haven
180 West 400 North, Angola, IN 46703

Join the Wing Haven caretakers for some preserve projects! Help with trail work, invasive removal and upkeep at the artist studio. Come prepared with work gloves and closed toed shoes. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

Full Moon Hike for ACRES Members

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 8 pm

ALLEN COUNTY | Blue Cast Springs
21412 Bluecast Road, Woodburn, IN 46797

Take to the trails under the full moon and learn about the unique history of this preserve.

Space is limited. To register, email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by October 6.

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 12-1:30 pm

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

Volunteers, let ACRES staff serve you for a change! In gratitude for your service, share lunch, get to know other volunteers and learn how your combined contributions make ACRES run. Your time and talent protect land. We want to thank you!

RSVP to Reena Ramos at [email protected] or 260-637-2273 ext. 109 by October 3.

Fall Foliage Hike

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 4-6 pm

NOBLE COUNTY | Lloyd W. Bender Memorial Forest
1891 N. River Road W., Albion, IN 46701

ACRES Project Manager Ben Taylor will take you on an informative hike centered on the science behind the changing of the leaves: leaf senescence. Ben has a Forestry and Natural
Resource background and assisted in studies centered on tree phenology during his time at Purdue University. Be prepared for potential wet conditions.

Space is limited. To register, email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by October 18.

Popp Open House for ACRES Members

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1-4 pm

ALLEN COUNTY | Emanuel M. Popp Nature Preserve
12129 Tonkel Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Warm up at the campfire or take a hike through the forested trails at this preserve open only once a year to ACRES members. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

Presented by Popp caretaker Larry Biggerstaff

Seed Collection Workday

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 4–6 pm

STEUBEN COUNTY | Wing Haven
180 W. 400 N., Angola, IN 46703

Help us harvest native seeds alongside fellow volunteers. The seeds will be used for upcoming restoration projects on other ACRES preserves. No prior experience necessary. Workdays will begin with a short introduction to plant identification and harvesting techniques. All equipment will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended.

Boardwalk Removal Workday

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 10 am–1 pm

LAGRANGE COUNTY | Stark Nature Preserve
Address available with RSVP

Join ACRES’ stewardship team for a chance to visit a recently closed preserve in LaGrange county. We will work together to remove the once necessary boardwalks from this forested wetland. Come prepared with waterproof knee boots and protective gloves.

Space is limited. To register, email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 ext. 103 by November 3.

Book Discussion for ACRES Members

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1-2:30 pm

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

Take time this fall to read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. We will gather in the office to discuss our thoughts and takeaways from the book. Light snacks and refreshment provided.

Space is limited. To register, email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by November 10.

National Take a Hike Day Swift Hike

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1-5 pm

STEUBEN & LAGRANGE COUNTIES | Multiple locations

Fuel up your vehicles and join volunteer hike leaders Janelle and Larry for a caravan to three northern preserves. Meet and hike at Beechwood Preserve, then caravan to Ropchan Memorial Preserve and Fawn River Nature Preserve. Plan to hike 4 miles total, at a steady pace.

Space is limited. To register, email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by November 14.

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!