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.

FORT WAYNE POP-UP

Friday, December 29, noon – 7 pm
Glenbrook Square Mall

Love ACRES? Show your support: gear up and join.

ACRES Merchandise and memberships will also be available at the Local Maker Pop-up inside the Grand Main Entrance, near Barnes & Noble. Your purchase of ACRES goods and membership promotes the protection of our local natural places.

ACRES’ seasonal promotion will be available at this event and online through December 31: for $25, you can give the gift of membership and ACRES will send your gift recipient a free Preserve Guide as a special welcome.

ACRES members: clip the note from your winter Quarterly and bring it with you for a free ACRES Retro logo decal.

 

ACRES LAND TRUST FIRST HIKE & OPEN HOUSE

Monday, January 1, 10 am – 12:30 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Welcome the New Year with invigoration—and cocoa!

Share the Trails hikes are fun ways to explore the preserves socially. These treks are free to the public, donations are encouraged. You can find out about the benefits of being an ACRES member and join on this hike. Gather friends and family and join ACRES volunteers as they show off the places they love to help protect—for good. More than being an interpretive or naturalist type of hike, Share the Trails events are aimed at having fun in the woods, wetlands and prairies that ACRES preserves, sharing what you discover along the way.

Come play in the winter woods and wetlands!

 

BRISK GRAND TOUR | Three preserves | Noble and Whitley County

Saturday, January 6, 1:15 – 5:27
NOBLE COUNTY | Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve
9478 N. 600 W, Ligonier, IN 46767

Begin the first weekend of 2018 with an invigorating (FAST!), multi-preserve hike at three ACRES preserves in Noble and Whitley Counties.

Your speed hike will begin at the Edna Spurgeon Woodland Reserve in Noble County, the first land protected by ACRES. Janelle Windsor, the volunteer hike leader, will guide you on a loop thru The 1+ miles of the preserve at a steady, invigorating pace.

After your first hike, those interested in continuing the Grand Tour can follow the caravan south to Lloyd Bender Memorial Forest for another quick 1+ mile loop, then caravan south again to the Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve for a 2 mile loop.

To cover all three preserves by sunset, your pace will be steady, simply allowing you an overview of the trails at each preserve, rather than an interpretive stroll. If you see something you would like to explore further at a preserve, you can return another day to explore in more detail.

You’re welcome to join at all three preserves for a total 4+ mile hike or depart at any time, as needed. Janelle recommends sturdy, waterproof footwear along with appropriate clothing layers for the January temperature and the brisk pace. Please bring water, as well. If you plan to caravan to all three hike locations, please be sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel ahead of time for the caravan. 
 

CLOSED ACRES PRESERVE WORKDAY WITH BREAKFAST HIKE
Saturday, January 13, 8:40 am – 1 pm
MIAMI COUNTY | Walter H. And E. Marie Myers Nature Preserve on Flowers Creek
2610 East Chili Mill Road, Denver, IN 46926

Wanna help ACRES with some heavy lifting?

ACRES needs help removing tires from a beautiful Miami County property. Your work will help restore this incredible place.

For your efforts, a group of ACRES volunteers will thank you with a full country breakfast to start the day at 8:40 am in the 1900’s farmhouse that land donors’, Dana (Myers) and Duane Davis lovingly restored. The homestead belonged in the Myers family for more than a century.

You’ll be rewarded with the satisfaction of a morning’s hard work, the views of property closed to the public, the camaraderie of a workday, full country breakfast that other land lovers made just for you – and, to end the day – a treat of warm apple cider grown and processed just up the road at Doud Orchards.

 

ACRES FIRESIDE BOOK CHAT | Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Friday, January 19, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

How has Kimmerer’s writing shaped your view of the natural world and your place in it? Does this work inform your understanding of preservation? Of natural resources management?

Let’s talk. Come with your responses, questions, favorite or puzzling passages, your book-loving buddies and for community with others who share your connection to natural places. In the spirit of reciprocity, ACRES will share the gift of a warm fire, warm beverages and light snacks.

 

ACRES CREEK STOMP – 3RD WINTER EDITION

Saturday, January 27, 2 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

Winter Creek Stomp is back!
[Click to view images from the previous stomps]

This creek and its surrounding 65 foot gorge is active all year, revealing a whole new batch of discoveries during the winter months: 20 foot icicles, frozen waterfalls, and fossils.

Come see what you’ve been missing! Weather depending, we’ll either be walking through frigid water or on ice—waterproof boots suggested. Regardless, you’ll be cold, wet and captivated.

(After the hike, you’ll appreciate having dry shoes, socks … and maybe pants in your car. No worries, you’ll leave with warm memories of this incredible forever-protected place).

Presented by the Kissel Family

 

WORLD WETLANDS DAY HIKE | Part of a community-wide celebration of wetlands with conservation partners like IPFW and Little River Wetlands Project

Friday, February 2, 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Mengerson Nature Reserve
5895 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815

How do wetlands help urban areas? This place tells a muddy tale of collecting rainwater and surface drainage for a large city neighborhood. Mengerson’s giant beech and maple trees will catch your eye–and you’ll love exploring the incredible value this place offers.

SHARE THE TRAILS WITH ACRES

Saturday, February 3, 10 am
WELLS COUNTY | ACRES Along the Wabash
182 SE 116, Bluffont, IN 46714

Explore this popular preserve’s trail along the Wabash River, on bluffs with sycamore, sugar and black maple and red elms.

Share the Trails hikes are fun ways to explore the preserves socially. These treks are free to the public, donations are encouraged. You can find out about the benefits of being an ACRES member and join on this hike.

Gather friends and family and join ACRES volunteers as they show off the places they love to help protect—for good. More than being an interpretive or naturalist type of hike, Share the Trails events are aimed at having fun in the woods, wetlands and prairies that ACRES preserves, sharing what you discover along the way.

Come play in the winter woods and wetlands!

 

NATURE NOTECARD WORKSHOP FOR ACRES MEMBERS

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | ACRES Office
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Come make a set of colorful, nature-inspired note cards to brighten up your winter. Using a Gelli printing plate and simple printing process, anyone is able to make fun and visually interesting pieces. Do not wear your Sunday best. All ability levels welcome! Snacks and supplies provided. Presented by artist Hannah Burnworth of Milk House Studio. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected].

ACRES members, you’re encouraged to bring friends and family to members-only events.

 

IN THE WATERSHED WALK & TALK WITH LOCAL AUTHOR RYAN SCHNURR

Sunday, February 18, 2 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Blue Cast Springs
21412 Bluecast Road, Woodburn, IN 46797

Talk with Schnurr about his adventure down the Maumee while exploring trails on bluffs 30 feet over the river. History, culture, and ecology—the river tells an epic tale of our region, stories mirrored in this preserve’s land use history.

 

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

 

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.

 

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!