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.

LAY OF THE LAND DISCUSSION

Friday, February 23, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Share your thoughts and questions with others who also think a lot about land, conservation, and the act of protecting the places we love. This is a great opportunity to get answers to your questions beginning “I’ve always wondered how ACRES…” Spirited conversation about land among like-minded and diverse folks while sitting around a roaring fireplace—what’s not to love? Presented by Jason Kissel

photo by Greg Burns

ACRES Share the Trails Hike – Free to the public, donations encouraged. These are casual, easy-going, social hikes aimed to welcome new visitors to the preserves, inviting new people to join ACRES.

Saturday, March 3, 10 am – noon
LAGRANGE  COUNTY | Maple Wood Nature Preserve
4550 E. 100 S, LaGrange, IN 46761

Hike two preserves in one visit: ACRES’ preserve is adjacent to and shares trails with the LaGrange County Parks Nature Preserve. The county preserve has a visitor center and a maple syrup camp. Hosted by ACRES volunteers.

If you’d like to make a day of it, you can join the fast-paced Swift Grand Tour that leaves Maple Wood after a quick break. Pack a sack lunch, take a lunch break in Maple Wood’s Visitor Center. Then caravan with ACRES volunteer Janelle to Fawn River Nature preserve and on from there. See March 3 Swift Grand Tour event for details.

ACRES Swift Grand Tour – Three preserves

Join ACRES volunteer Janelle Windsor for this fast-paced multi-preserve trek, caravanning and possibly ride-sharing in between. You’ll get an overview of a three preserves—and a workout. You’re welcome to drop to your own pace and to skip parts of the tour as needed.

If you’d like to carpool for this Swift Grand Tour and the preceding Share the Trails hike, leaving from the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve in Huntertown, please email Janelle at [email protected]

Saturday, March 3, 1:30 – 5 pm
LAGRANGE COUNTY | Fawn River Nature Preserve
just west of 101000 E. 800 N., Orland, IN 46776

Then caravan to Beechwood Nature Preserve, then Robb Hidden Canyon for a total of 4.5+ miles at a fast pace.

If you’d like to make a day of it, pack a sack lunch and begin with the casual Share the Trails hike at Maple Wood Nature Preserve at 10 am (see above), take a break afterward for lunch in Maple Wood’s Visitor Center, then caravan with Janelle to Fawn River Nature preserve and on from there.

ASHERWOOD MAPLE SYRUP MAKING & PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR ACRES MEMBERS

Saturday, March 10, 9 am – noon
WABASH COUNTY | Asherwood Environmental Center
7496 W SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Can you smell the warm pancakes and fresh-made syrup? Feel the cool, crisp air of the winter woods on your cheek? It’s sugar bush season! You’re invited to breakfast and a guided tour of ACRES’ maple sugaring operation. Volunteers needed. See page 18 for details. Presented by Bill Harmsen and Jason Kissel.

No reservations required. $5/person, children under 5 free. Come early or stay late and explore this incredible place that your membership helps protect.

ACRES Spring Cleaning Hike Series, 1
Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 – 12:30
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

The cure for spring fever is here: explore the preserves and lend a hand cleaning up litter in good company. Will you spot early spring wildflowers along the way? Gloves and bags provided. You bring the good spirits. Hosted by Kelly Shepherd.

The ACRES Office is on this preserve, overlooking Cedar Creek from an 80-foot ravine that you’ve got to see to believe. Will you lend a hand taking care of this land?

Share the Trails Guide Seminar
Saturday, March 17, 10 am – noon

Calling all Share the Trails volunteers—and outgoing, enthusiastic folks who’d like to join in the fun of leading people through the preserves, inviting them to join ACRES: we’re gathering to welcome new volunteers, review program guidelines and updates and share our experiences.

Share your approach to leading people along the trail and discover hiking style and tips and tricks that new volunteers have brought to ACRES, including speedy wellness walks and a few ways to incorporate sharing nature literature and the arts and humanities into your hikes. How do you lead folks through the forest? Laughing, smiling and swapping tales along the way!

Seminar participants will receive a small gift as a token of appreciation. Your work as a Share the Trail guide is vital to ACRES’ success in growing participation through membership, donations and volunteerism. You connect people to the land and to the community of folks who protect it. Thank you!

Tai Chi for Members
Saturday, March 17, 2 pm
Allen COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Tai Chi instructor Hitomi Griswold will lead you through this gentle, energizing practice on a beautiful preserve. All levels. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273.

Thank you, ACRES members, for your support. Ready to participate in ACRES? Annual membership starts at $25. 

ACRES Spring Cleaning Hike Series, 2
Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 – 12:30
NOBLE COUNTY | Detering Nature Preserve
1421 Kammerer Road, Kendallville, IN 46755

The cure for spring fever is here: explore this preserve, lending a hand picking up litter in good company. What signs of early spring will you spot? Gloves and bags provided. You bring the good spirits. Hosted by Kelly Shepherd.

As an urban preserve, this place accumulates debris and garbage from surrounding mixed use. Will you help ACRES protect this community gem?

 ACRES Spring Cleaning Hike Series, 3
Tuesday, March 27, 10:30 – 12:30
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY | Wayne Township Prairie, a closed preserve
just west of Eastlake Skating Center, 3010 Frontage Road, Warsaw, IN 46580

The cure for spring fever is here: explore this preserve and lend a hand cleaning up litter in good company. Gloves and bags provided. Will you bring the good spirits? Hosted by Kelly Shepherd.

This closed preserve protects an extremely rare and ecologically significant remnant of native prairie struggling to survive amid Warsaw’s commercial and residential space. The 7-acre prairie found in the recently-acquired Wayne Township Property along U.S. 30 may be the easternmost example of original Midwest prairie grassland.

As an urban preserve, this place requires a good spring cleaning; debris and garbage from surrounding mixed use and high density development has blown in. Will you help ACRES protect and restore this ecological gem? 

 

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!