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. 

Weed Wrangle Workday

Saturday, November 7, 10am – 2pm
ALLEN COUNTY | near Little Wabash River Nature Preserve
0.1 miles west of 13310 Ernst Road, Roanoke, IN 46783

ACRES is partnering with local parks and preserves to hold Weed Wrangles events for the first three Saturdays in November from 10am to 2pm.

Weed Wrangle is a nationwide effort to educate homeowners and nature lovers on proper identification and removal of invasive plant species that crowd out native habitat. Learn more at weedwrangle.org.

Join ACRES on Saturday, November 7 to learn how to identify and remove invasive species like bush honeysuckle and autumn olive. Plan to park and meet at at 0.1 miles west of ACRES Little Wabash River Nature Preserve (13310 Ernst Road, Roanoke, IN 46783).

ACRES will provide tools, but bring your own loppers or hand saw if you can! Light snacks and refreshments will also be available. Please dress appropriately, long pants and closed-toed shoes are highly recommended.

Local experts from the Indiana Native Plant Society Northeast Chapter and Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management will be attending each event to guide hands-on instruction of invasive species removal.

(A reminder that ACRES Little Wabash River Nature Preserve will be closed for hunting during this time. This event takes place 0.1 miles west of the parking lot, at the corner of Aboite Rd and Ernst Rd, at a property closed to the public).

Weed Wrangles:

  • ACRES Land Trust on Saturday, November 7 (10-2) at just west of Little Wabash River Nature Preserve
  • Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation on Saturday, November 14 (10-2) at Foster Park
  • LC Nature Park on Saturday, November 14 (9-noon) at LC Nature Park (RSVP only)
  • Little River Wetlands Project on Saturday, November 21 (10-2) at Eagle Marsh

National Take A Hike Day

Tuesday, November 17, 10 – 11:30 am
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Pehkokia Woods
1570 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, IN 46750

Join ACRES on a group hike through protected forest to celebrate National Take a Hike Day!

Seven Pillars Cleanup

Thursday, November 19, 1 pm – 3 pm
MIAMI COUNTY | Seven Pillars Nature Preserve 
0.1 miles east of 3555 Mississinewa Road, Peru, IN 46970

Enjoy fall leaves and fresh air as we work to clean up litter along the trails and parking lot at Seven Pillars. Gloves, bags, visibility vests and light snacks provided. 

Space is limited. RSVP to Reena Ramos at [email protected] or 260-637-2273 ext. 9 by November 17.

RESCHEDULED: Kauffman Nature Sanctuary Grand Opening Ceremony (RSVP)

This event will be rescheduled for spring 2021.
Saturday, November 21, 1 – 3 pm
HILLSDALE COUNTY | Kauffman Nature Sanctuary
Parking lot is just west of 13211 Beecher Road, Hudson, MI

Join us in celebrating ACRES first Michigan property, Kauffman Nature Sanctuary. Acquired in winter 2019, this 78 acre preserve features wetlands, grasslands, forests and a headwater stream. Read more about this acquisition.

Photo of Kauffman Nature Sanctuary 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!