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Protecting Land Together

Thanks to member support, ACRES is a thriving nonprofit organization protecting natural areas in northeast Indiana, southern Michigan and northwest Ohio.

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Our region's natural areas are spectacular! Explore our trails, take photographs, enjoy family time, get outdoors, plan a field trip, get fit, reflect on nature's beauty or share an adventure, for free from dawn to dusk at a preserve near you:

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NEWS & BLOG STORIES

Keep up with the latest. Enjoy stories from our protected places and from the people who help protect them.
ACRES Research: Endangered Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
ACRES lets nature take its course on the preserves, with the exception of eradicating invasive species. Normally, an endangered or threatened species found on an...
A Growing Community of People Who Care About Land
Membership has been a cornerstone of ACRES since we organized as an official nonprofit in 1960. It took five years to top 200 members; we...
Protecting Habitats in Indiana: State Dedicated Preserves
Indiana’s system of dedicated Nature Preserves was created when an ACRES founder, Jim Barrett III, wrote the 1967 Indiana Nature Preserves Act, providing permanent protection...
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Shared Success: ACRES by the Numbers

Only a small part of ACRES' story can be told with numbers. Thanks to your support, the preserves are alive with stories unfolding naturally, everyday - forever

7,230
acres on 117 properties protected forever

1,700+
members protecting land

50+
trail systems, open dawn to dusk

600+
acres of working land protected

1,500
acres of Cedar Creek corridor preserved with partners

27
counties served by ACRES in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio

60
years protecting forests, wetlands, native grasslands, prairie & working land

150+
volunteers worked 2,500 hours in the field, office and on the trails

Featured Preserve

Blue Cast Springs

By the Numbers

7,230
acres on 117 properties protected forever

Your Stories

Dick Loney