In addition to providing more than 70 miles of trails open dawn to dusk, ACRES offers a variety of hikes & events throughout our region, all year long.

ACRES events are held rain or shine, sleet or snow. We love sharing the natural world with you in all seasons.

You Are Here

Saturday, December 7, 9 – 11 am
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY | Kosciusko County Community Foundation
102 East Market Street, Warsaw, IN 46580

Improve your spatial awareness and understanding locally, globally, abstractly and everywhere in between. Take a journey from the rich history of public land survey to the future of geospatial technology and how technologies you use every day, such as GPS and navigation, actually work.

Leave with a better understanding of the importance of the inherent spatial component to everything you do and how the history of location has shaped our world, because you can’t know where you’re going, if you don’t know where you are!

Hosted by Casey Jones, director of land management

Share the Trails: First Hikes
Wednesday, January 1, multiple times and locations

Ring in the New Year with invigoration—and hot cocoa! We’ll trek the trails across our region, welcoming 2020 with movement and camaraderie in forever-protected places. Free to the public, donations and memberships encouraged.

Share the Trails: First Hike at Dustin Preserve

Wednesday January 1, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 4674

Share the Trails: First Hike at Wildwood

Wednesday January 1, 11 am
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY | Wildwood
409 E SR 14, Silver Lake, IN 4698

Share the Trails: First Hike at Asherwood

Wednesday January 1, 3 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Asherwood
7496 W. SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Share the Trails: First Hike at Wing Haven

Wednesday January 1, 3 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY | Wing Haven
180 W. 400 N, Angola, IN 46703

Final Flowers Creek Tire Cleanup

Saturday, January 4, 8 am – 1 pm
Walter H. and E. Marie Myers Nature Preserve on Flowers Creek
2610 E Chili Mill Rd, Denver, IN 46926

You can bring this years-long project to completion, helping protect this beautiful, closed property. Lug, heave, roll and tug the remaining tires following years of effort. McMahon’s Best One Tire and Auto Care will bring a semi-trailer to haul them away.

Hot breakfast and a warm soup lunch provided, along with heavy doses of hearty thank you’s…one lucky participant will win a $500 gift card to McMahon’s Best One! Read more about this project on page 7.

Hosted by Casey Jones, director of land management

New Member Open House

Saturday, January 18, 1 – 2:30 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Are you new to ACRES? Welcome!

Meet other new members and long-time volunteers, while learning how your membership protects land. Hear ACRES history, updates on new projects, and get answers to your questions: How do we acquire new land? How will we protect it forever?

Refreshments and light snacks provided.

Book Discussion for ACRES Members

Friday, January 24, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

“A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.” – Aldo Leopold

Members are invited to gather around the fireplace to discuss Leopold’s observations in this seminal work. At the end of our discussion, we’ll review books for future consideration, round-robin style. Your nature-focused book suggestions are welcome.

ACRES has a few paperback copies available to lend. If you’d like to borrow a copy to read before the discussion, please contact the office at 260-637-2273.

Hosted by Mark Maffey, ACRES board member and Natasha Manor, office and volunteer manager.

Mixed Media Cyanotype Printing for ACRES Members

With local artist Erin Patton McFarren
erinpattonmcfarren.weebly.com

Friday, January 31, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Discover sun printing! This method was first published by Anna Atkins to document British algae. You will learn tips and tricks from local artist Erin Patton McFarren. Leave with ready-made cyanotype print layouts to expose on your own—and with the know-how to make your own on your next preserve visit.

Space and materials are limited. RSVP by January 29: [email protected] or 260-637-2273.

Creek Stomp: Winter Edition

Saturday, February 1, 1 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 4699

Ross Run in winter is spectacular! 20′ icicles, frozen waterfalls, and fossils. Come see what you’ve been missing!

Depending upon weather, we’ll be walking either through frigid water or on ice. Choose your footwear carefully; consider bringing dry shoes and socks for after the hike.

World Wetlands Day: Plants and Animals

Part of an Allen County-wide celebration, led by Little River Wetlands Project

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

Discover the unique plants and animals of the Cedar Creek Corridor’s wetlands, the join on a short hike through the forever-protected woods of the Dustin Preserve.

Tree Tapping Hike

Saturday, February 22, 2 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Asherwood
7496 W. SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Do you know how sugar maple sap is collected through a process called “tapping”?

Learn more about this sweet process on a short hike through the forests of Asherwood. If the weather cooperates, tap some trees of your own!

Swift Hike & Bald Eagle Watch

Saturday, February 22, 4 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Asherwood
7496 W. SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Join ACRES volunteers Janelle and Larry for a bit of fast-hiking through some of ACRES preserves as you scan skies and ravines for Bald Eagles.

Event begins at Asherwood and ends at Seven Pillars Nature Preserve, making this a much shorter Swift Hike than in the past.

Event space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or call 260-637-2273 by February 12.




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!