In addition to providing more than 50 trail systems 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.

UPDATE:

The health and safety of our ACRES family is paramount, as is the public health of our communities.

Social distancing (keeping at least 6-feet of distance between individuals at all times) will be implemented at all events. PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL ILL or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19

Please check this page or contact the ACRES office to check the status of an event:
260-637-2273
[email protected]

The ACRES office will be open in a limited capacity. Staff will be on hand to assist you from 9 am to 4 pm. Please wear a mask to enter the office. We have some available for use if you need one.

Maps and water will be left outside the door. If you’re stopping by to make a donation or purchase merchandise, please ring the doorbell and someone will come out to help you.

  • PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL ILL or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Practice social distancing, keeping at least 6-feet of distance between individuals at all times
  • Please wear a mask while inside the office

Thanks to member support, our trail systems remain open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk, at no charge. It’s no secret that spending time in nature benefits us both physically and emotionally. Feeling cooped up and stressed out? Find fresh air, peace and renewal at an ACRES preserve near you. 

National Trails Day Hike

Saturday, June 6, 10 am
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY | Wildwood
409 E SR 14, Silver Lake, IN 46982

Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike through the forests, wetlands, and prairie of this protected nature preserve. Share the Trails Hikes are free to the public, donations encouraged.

These casual, non‑interpretive, volunteer‑led hikes are easygoing social walks

Sharing a Sunrise for ACRES Members (RSVP)

Saturday, June 13, 5:30 am
WABASH COUNTY | Hanging Rock National Natural Landmark
4552 E. Hanging Rock Road, Lagro, IN 46941

Photo by Shane Perfect

Experience a rare opportunity to go off‑trail to the top of Hanging Rock with a few other ACRES members as the sun rises over the Wabash River. Perched 65’ above the river, Hanging Rock provides a spectacular panoramic view—a view enjoyed as far back as oral tradition extends. This short climb is moderately strenuous.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by June 9.

Sundae Saunter

Sunday, July 12, 1 pm
STEUBEN COUNTY | Robb Hidden Canyon
425 Lane 201, Ball Lake, Hamilton, IN 46742

Living up to its name, this protected property along Ball Lake includes “hidden” steep‑sided, forested ravines. Join us on a casual hike through forest and grassy meadow followed by a “treat yourself” stop for an ice cream sundae at the local Capt’n Pete’s Dairy Dock in Hamilton.

Photo by Thomas Sprunger

CANCELLED: New Member Open House

Saturday, July 18, 10 – 11:30 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

This event has been cancelled. Check out the next New Member Open House this winter!

Treks & Taps

Friday, July 24, 5 pm
DEKALB COUNTY | James P. Covell Nature Preserve
Approximately 2727 County Road 52, Auburn IN, 46706

On this casual hike, explore the forested banks of the Cedar Creek Corridor and learn about ACRES future restoration plans. After the hike, join us for a “treat yourself” stop for drinks at the local Auburn Brewing Company.

Evening Firefly Excursion

Photo by Shane Perfect

Saturday, July 25, 9 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Fogwell Forest
9630 Whippoorwill Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46809

Learn how and why fireflies light up the night! Make your way through the field and into the woods on this casual evening hike.

Presented by Jeff Ormiston, Environmental Educator for Allen County Parks and Rec.

Japanese Barberry Work Day

Saturday, August  1, 10 AM – 12 PM
STEUBEN COUNTY | Marion’s Woods
805 Calvary Lane, Angola, IN 46703

Join ACRES Land Management Specialist Evan Hill and fellow volunteers for a work day to remove invasive Japanese barberry.  Time will be spent hand pulling Japanese barberry and learning about the nearby native plants that will benefit from this work.  Gloves and bags provided, no RSVP necessary. 

If you have questions, please contact Evan Hill at [email protected] or 260-637-2273 ext. 3.

Creek Stomp XII–The Dirty Dozenth Time!

Saturday, August 8, 2 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

This spectacular creek is off‑limits the rest of the year, so here’s your chance! Get up close and personal with minnows, pinching crayfish and fossils as you make your way through the cliffs and waterfalls of the Ross Run gorge. You’ll get wet, dirty—and inspired. Water shoes are recommended.

Plan to hike in family groups for this event in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. 

Presented by the Kissel family.

CANCELLED: Benefit Concert for Members (RSVP)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748 (entrance is east of the main drive)

This event has been cancelled. ACRES values the health and safety of our communities. We want to provide the best visitor experience at this event, and don’t feel that it is possible at this time.

Forest Story Time

Saturday, August 22, 10 am
WABASH COUNTY | Mary Thornton Nature Preserve
1541 E. 300 N., Wabash, IN 46992

Families are invited to a story‑time session along the forested trails of this protected nature preserve. Listen to readings from nature‑themed books and see plants (and possibly animals) firsthand!

Hosted by the Kissel family and Andrews Librarian Nancy Disbro.

Swift Hike at Kokiwanee (RSVP)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 3:30 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Kokiwanee
5825 E. 50 S, Lagro, IN 46941

Join us on a summer hike through the bluffs and forested streams of this nature preserve. This fast‑paced hilly hike will total 4 miles, covering most of the trail system. Ample plant life awaits, and the possibility of seeing waterfalls and eagles too!

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by August 19.

Photo by Tom Sprunger

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!