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?

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.

Photo by Dave Brumm

SUMMER BARN CONCERT FOR MEMBERS

Thursday, June 22, 6 – 9 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748; The Barn entrance is east of the main drive

Members, gather to enjoy a summer evening in the barn with great company, good food and drinks and the lively sounds of local band, The Distractions. Made possible by the Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation. Hosted by Nancy and Joe Conrad.

 

DEEP LISTENING FOR MEMBERS

Saturday, June 24, 10 am – 1 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Deep Listening explores the difference between involuntary hearing and the voluntary, selective act of listening. Participants will practice different methods of listening, or sonic meditations, experiencing the preserves in rich, wild and surprising ways. Sessions are introductory and standalone. Presented by Brett Bloom, Deep Listening facilitator.

RSVP to [email protected] or call the office at 260-637-2273.

DEEP LISTENING FOR MEMBERS

Saturday, July 29, 10 am – 1 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

Deep Listening explores the difference between involuntary hearing and the voluntary, selective act of listening. Participants will practice different methods of listening, or sonic meditations, experiencing the preserves in rich, wild and surprising ways. Sessions are introductory and standalone. Presented by Brett Bloom, Deep Listening facilitator.

RSVP to [email protected] or call the office at 260-637-2273.

VICTORY NOLL TALK & WALK FOR MEMBERS

Saturday, August 19, 10 am
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Victory Noll Acres
1900 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750; Meet at the Administration Building

Explore land that is not yet open to the public. Learn about the land ethic of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters from a discussion with Sister Ginger Downey and Jason Kissel. Then, tour the Victory Noll campus, followed by a walk through the forests and fields of Victory Noll Acres.

DEEP LISTENING FOR MEMBERS

Saturday, August 26, 10 am – 1 pm
NOBLE COUNTY | Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve
9478 N. 600 W., Ligonier, IN 46767

Deep Listening explores the difference between involuntary hearing and the voluntary, selective act of listening. Participants will practice different methods of listening, or sonic meditations, experiencing the preserves in rich, wild and surprising ways. Sessions are introductory and standalone. Presented by Brett Bloom, Deep Listening facilitator.

RSVP to [email protected] or call the office at 260-637-2273.

16TH ANNUAL WING HAVEN CANOE TRIP FOR MEMBERS

Saturday, September 9, 2 – 5 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY | Wing Haven
180 W 400 N, Angola, IN 46703

Relax as you paddle Seven Sisters Lakes, then enjoy a light meal and social time with other ACRES members. Bring your own canoe or kayak — we’ll provide the meal.

RSVP to Heather Barth by September 1 at 260-637-2273, ext. 5 or [email protected]

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!