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?

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

ACRES Members “Pots and Poluck”
Thursday, April 19, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve

Break bread and celebrate spring with fellow members! We will provide the entree; last names A-L please bring a side dish, and M-Z a dessert. Discuss readings from various writers. Take home a native plant or tree.



ACRES Members Wildflower Hike
Sunday, April 22, 2 pm
5825 E 250 S. Lagro, IN 46941

Discover waterfalls and a diversity of wildflowers on what was once a Girl Scout Camp.

Hosted by Dave Hicks, who has conducted plant species inventories here.

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


ACRES Members Wildflower & Geology Hike 
Saturday, May 5, 3 pm
NOBLE COUNTY | Lloyd W. Bender Memorial Forest
1891 N. River Road W, Albion, IN 46701

Here, you’ll find diverse habitats and wildflowers that you won’t see in many other ACRES preserves.

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

Ready to become an ACRES member to help protect the places you love? You can join for $25 annually:

Read Smith’s 2015 article featuring the wildflowers of some of his favorite preserves, including Bender: Learn about the wildflowers of Spurgeon and Bender:

ACRES Member Forest Bathing 
Friday, May 11, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN, 46748

Explore the preserve, following certified forest therapist Christy Thomson’s playful prompts, engaging your sense of wonder, inviting renewal and restoration.

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

Would you like to be an ACRES member? You can help protect the places you love and share some cool benefits for $25 annually:


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!