ACRES members, you protect land!

Thank you for taking responsibility, for playing your part in protecting our local natural areas and working lands.

Together, with that of other members, your ACRES membership sends a clarion call throughout our region: we value these places. Member events give you the opportunity to do cool things to celebrate the ACRES community and the land you protect together. Member events also give you the chance to get know each other and to discover the values you share and what motivates others to participate in ACRES.

Members, in support of your shared values and in honor of your commitment, you’re invited to participate in unique outings, exclusive opportunities to see closed preserves and protected lands and the chance to meet land donors.
ACRES events are held rain or shine, sleet or snow.

 Are you ready to become an ACRES member?

TAI CHI FOR MEMBERS
Saturday, March 4, 2 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Tai chi calms the mind and helps build balance. What better place to relax and move like clouds and water? Join your fellow members for gentle movement. Practice seated or standing; all are welcome. Instructor Pamela Steinbach studied with tai chi Master T.T. Liang and has taught in Fort Wayne since 1986.

Space is limited.RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273. Hosted by Kelly Shepherd, outreach specialist

 

Photo by Paul McAfee

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: CALLING ALL TURKEYS– FOR MEMBERS
Saturday, April 22, 5:30 – 8:50 am or 5 – 8:30 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

See wildlife up close!

Join us as Evan Hill, land management specialist, attempts to call turkeys to our location. Though we’ll be hidden in a blind, you will need to wear earth tones or camouflage to prevent scaring the big birds off. Turkeys have excellent eyesight. Hunkered down with your fellow ACRES members, huddled in quiet anticipation on a nature preserve, you’re sure to have an experience you won’t soon forget.

Bring your camera and your sense of adventure!

Space is limited. RSVP to either the morning or evening program at [email protected] or 260-637-2273.

“POTS AND POTLUCK” FOR MEMBERS
Thursday, April 27, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Break bread and celebrate spring with fellow members!

This pot luck dinner features select readings from works of natural writers and a plant giveaway in honor of your membership. ACRES will provide the entrée; last names A-L please bring a side dish, and M-Z a dessert. We’ll discuss the readings and take home a native plant or tree.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273. Hosted by Theresa Ransbottom, ACRES volunteer.

 

WILDFLOWER HIKE FOR MEMBERS
Saturday, April 30, 2 pm
WABASCH COUNTY | Kokiwanee
5825 E. 50 S, Lagro, IN 46941

Kokiwanee delights with wildflowers and waterfalls!

Your hike leader, Dr. Dave Hicks, knows the much-loved hills of Kokiwanee well; he’s conducted our floristic inventories of this preserve. The former site of a Girls Scout camp, this land was previously farmed as recently as the 1940s and already today boasts an incredible diversity of wildflowers.  Discover Kokiwanee’s waterfalls and wildflowers and renew your satisfaction in helping to protect land.

Hosted by Dave Hicks. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273.

 

WILDFLOWER & GEOLOGY HIKE FOR MEMBERS
Saturday, May 6, 3 – 5 pm
NOBLE COUNTY | Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve
9478 N. 600 W, Ligonier, IN 46767

The large, old trees, wonderful wildflowers and rolling geology of ACRES’ first nature preserve inspire!

Join your fellow land lovers to learn how Spurgeon’s rolling hills, called kames were created by glaciers. You’ll discover

15-25 species of wildflowers: such as 3 trillium species, Bishop’s cap, wild geranium, wild phlox, blue-eyed Mary, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wood poppy, 3-4 violet species and others.

Hosted by John J. Smith and Tony Fleming. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273.

 

FOREST BATHING FOR MEMBERS
Tuesday, May 23, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Spring clean your senses!

Come see what Forest Bathing is all about – no soap required. Join Christy Thomson, Indiana’s only certified forest therapist, for fun, simple activities to refresh your connection to the natural world.

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

WILDFLOWER & GEOLOGY HIKE FOR MEMBERS
Saturday, May 27, 3 – 5 pm
NOBLE COUNTY | Lloyd W. Bender Memorial Forest
1891 N. River Road W, Albion, IN 46701

Bender’s wet, diverse terrain is rich.

Here, you’ll find multiple habitats as well as wildflowers that you won’t see in many other ACRES preserves: American Columbo, Green Dragon, Yellow Water Butter Cup, Tufted Loosestrife, and American Gromwell. You’ll also see wildflowers that are common to other ACRES preserves.

Hosted by John J. Smith and Tony Fleming. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273.

 

In addition to our member 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!