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, we ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask at indoor events. Thank you!

Seed Collection Workdays

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 grass identification and harvesting techniques. All equipment will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended. TWO DATES:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2 – 4:30 pm
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Pehkokia Woods
1570 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, IN 46750

Frolic among the flower…seed heads! Join us to collect seeds from native flowering plants in the fields in Pehkokia Woods.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2 – 4:30 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY | Wing Haven
180 W. 400 N., Angola, IN 46703

Gather native grass seeds with us at the established Wing Haven prairies.

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 12 – 1:30 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom & Jane Dustin Nature Preserve,
Dustin Barn, 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 by September 22 by emailing [email protected] or calling 260-637-2273 ext. 109.

Walks & Wine

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2 pm
ADAMS COUNTY | Munro Nature Preserve
3957 W. 1100 S., Geneva, IN 46740

Bundle up and take a stroll at Munroe Nature Preserve to learn about the site’s historic schoolhouse and other unique aspects of the preserve. Join us afterwards for a “treat yourself” stop at The Tipsy Glass Winery. This preserve’s trails will be retired in December 2021. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by October 8. Presented by Chris Fairfield

Full Moon Hike for Members

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7:30 – 9 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

Take to the trails under a full moon and enjoy the illuminated hills and waterfalls. If it’s cloudy, plan to bring a flashlight. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by October 18.

Popp Open House for Members

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Emanuel M. Popp Nature Preserve
12129 Tonkel Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Join us for campfire hot dogs, refreshments and hiking in this mature forest open only once a year for ACRES members. Presented by Larry Biggerstaff, Popp caretaker

Cedar Creek Corridor Series

Explore the wonders of the Cedar Creek Corridor and surrounding area in a three-part series. Guest hike leaders will share their local knowledge during casual hikes through the forever-protected Cedar Creek preserves. THREE DATES:

 

(FULL) History: The Culture of the Area

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom & Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1992 Chapman Road, Huntertown IN 46748

**THIS EVENT IS FULL! If you’d like to join the waiting list, please email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273. Thank you!**

Learn about the local history of Miami people in the region. Presented by Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Diane Hunter. Learn more at miamination.com. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by November 4

(FULL) Geology: The Formation of the Corridor

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Bicentennial Woods
340 E. Shoaff Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

**THIS EVENT IS FULL! If you’d like to join the waiting list, please email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273. Thank you!**

Deep ravines and high cliffs are distinguishing features of the Corridor. Learn about the formation of this terrain and other unique geological aspects. Presented by Tony Fleming. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by November 11.

(FULL) Ecology: Plants and Animals of the Corridor

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Little Cedar Creek Nature Preserve; Address available upon RSVP

**THIS EVENT IS FULL! If you’d like to join the waiting list, please email [email protected] or call 260-637-2273. Thank you!**

Eagles, otters and bobcats inhabit the Corridor, along with many uncommon plants. Discover what plants and animals call this place home and why they continue to thrive along the ravines. Presented by Land Management Director Evan Hill. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by November 18.

National Take a Hike Day

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Multiple times and locations

Celebrate hiking with us as you explore the trails of forever-protected places.

10 am MIAMI COUNTY | Seven Pillars Nature Preserve
3667 Mississenewa Road, Peru, IN 46970

2 pm NOBLE COUNTY | Lonidaw
987 N. Allen Chapel Road, Kendallville, IN 46755

4 pm ALLEN COUNTY | Fogwell Forest
9630 Whippoorwill Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46809

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!