Hikes & Events

ACRES offers a variety of hikes and 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.

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(FULL) Maple Syrup Tasting & Tours for Members

Photo by Bright family

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 9 am – noon
WABASH COUNTY | Asherwood Environmental Center
7496 W SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

This event is FULL. To add your name to the waiting list, email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273.

It’s sugar bush season! You’re invited to a guided tour of ACRES maple sugaring operation. Learn how trees are tapped, step into the historic sugar shack and taste this sweet treat for yourself. ACRES syrup will be available for purchase if you’d like to take some of the harvest home. Come early or stay late to explore the trails. Presented by Grady Stout, Asherwood caretaker; Jason Kissel, executive director; and ACRES volunteers.


Spring Cleaning

Get in the spirit of spring cleaning and help us keep our preserves beautiful! Bring a friend and take a hike afterwards. Gloves, bags, visibility vests and light snacks provided.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6

10:30 am – noon
DEKALB COUNTY

James P. Covell Nature Preserve
Approximately 2727 County Road 52, Auburn IN, 46706

Space is limited. RSVP To [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by March 4.

FRIDAY, APRIL 9

3–4:30 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY

Brammall and Richard Bruner Nature Preserves

2630 E. US Highway 20, Angola, IN 46703

Fall 2020, volunteers filled over 40 bags with shredded tire scraps. Help ACRES remove the rest of this litter from the preserves!

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by April 7

SATURDAY, APRIL 24

10:30 am – noon
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY

Wildwood

409 E. SR 14, Silver Lake, IN 46982

Join us and our friends at Manchester University to clean up Wildwood. From picking up litter to removing invasive garlic mustard weeds, there’s plenty to do! Presented by the Manchester University Environmental Studies Club


GARLIC MUSTARD WORKDAYS

This is a great time of year to remove the easy-to-pull invasive garlic mustard weeds. Bring a friend and take yourselves on a hike afterward! Gloves, bags and light snacks provided.

SUNDAY, APRIL 11

3–4:30 pm

ALLEN COUNTY

Spring Lake Woods and Bog
12905 Lake Everett Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected]
or call 260-637-2273 by April 9.

SATURDAY, MAY 1

10:30 am – noon

ALLEN COUNTY

McNabb-Walter Nature Preserve

16138 Davis Road, Spencerville, IN 46788

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected]
or call 260-637-2273 by April 29.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

10:30 am – noon
ALLEN COUNTY

Bicentennial Woods

340 E. Shoaff Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by May 17


Wildflower Hikes for Members

SUNDAY, APRIL 18

2 – 4 pm

WABASH COUNTY

Kokiwanee

5825 E. 50 S, Lagro, IN 46941

Discover spring wildflowers and enjoy the waterfalls as you hike along the Salamonie River. Hosted by Dave Hicks and Jason Kissel.

Space is limited. RSVP to
[email protected] or 260-637-2273 by April 16.

SUNDAY, MAY 2

3 – 5 pm

NOBLE COUNTY

Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve

9478 N. 600 W, Ligonier, IN 46767

Explore this hilly preserve as you learn about a variety of spring wildflowers. Hosted by John J. Smith and Tony Fleming.

Space is limited. RSVP to
[email protected] or 260-637-2273 by April 30.


Wing Haven Spring Celebration

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 1 – 5 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY | Wing Haven
180 W 400 N, Angola, IN 46703

Celebrate the spring season among the ravines and lakes of Wing Haven. Local musicians Ken Jehle and friends will present an original acoustic composition that was commissioned as part of our 200 Year Ecological Reflections project at this preserve. Learn more about the project and see previously submitted work: acres200er.org.


BOOK DISCUSSION: Braiding Sweetgrass

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 7 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn
1958 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

ACRES volunteer Theresa Ransbottom will lead a chat about Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. We’ll explore excerpts from the book and discuss our own thoughts about land. Come early and hike before we settle in. Space is limited.

RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by May 26.

POSTPONED: Author Visit

Author Robin Wall Kimmerer’s visit June 16-17 has been postponed. ACRES looks forward to hosting the author in 2022.


NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 3 – 4:30 pm
WELLS COUNTY | Acres Along the Wabash
182 S.E. SR 116, Bluffton, IN 46714

Join us on a hike along the ravines and bluffs of the Wabash River to celebrate Trails Day!

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by June 3.

Acres Along the Wabash

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!