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.

Java Jaunt

Thursday, May 16, 9 am
1570 Flaxmill Road, Huntington, IN 46750

Join us for a casual hike led by ACRES volunteer Angie O’Neill followed by a “treat yourself” stop for coffee at JJ Java in Huntington.

Curved Path, Pehkokia Woods, by Thomas Sprunger

Swift Wildflower Walk

Sunday, May 19, 10 am – 4 pm
WHITLEY & NOBLE COUNTIES | RSVP for starting location

Get moving and breathing in glorious, protected places!

ACRES volunteer Janelle will lead fast-paced walks through multiple hilly preserves. This challenging and invigorating walk will introduce you to the preserves. You are welcome to drop to your own pace and leave the hike or the caravan as you need.

Space is limited. RSVP by May 15 to [email protected] or 260.637.2273.

This excursion features a caravan with stops for fast walks through: Lloyd W. Bender Memorial Forest, Edna W. Spurgeon Woodland Reserve, Ralph Gates Nature Preserve (in the DNR Crooked Lake Nature Preserve) and Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve for a total of about six hilly miles.

3rd Annual Bird Blitz

Celebrate birding and help protect land.

Sunday, June 2 – Saturday, June 8
On any open ACRES preserve, dawn to dusk

Count birds as an individual or on a team

Registration is $2 per person and includes a sticker designed by Yonder Clothing Co.

Register here: 
Learn more here:

New to birding? Learn with a birder! Join local Audubon chapter-led Bird Blitz outings:

Sunday, June 2, 5:30 am 
409 E. SR 14, Silver Lake, IN 46982 
Presented by Casey Jones.

Thursday, June 6, 10 am 
ALLEN COUNTY | Fogwell Forest 
9630 Whippoorwill Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 
Presented by Ed and Cynthia Powers.

Saturday, June 8, 9 am 
WABASH COUNTY | Asherwood 
7496 W. SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Saturday, June 8, 9 am 
JAY COUNTY | Bibler Nature Preserve 
5504 S. 400 E, Portland, IN 47371

Pending. Event details will be published as available.

National Trails Day Hike

Saturday, June 1, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | McNabb-Walter Nature Preserve
16138 Davis Road, Spencerville, IN 46788

Celebrate National Trails Day in this 192-acre, state-dedicated nature preserve. Here, ACRES members protect a picturesque high south bank of the St. Joseph River, ravines of Davis Fisher Creek and an old-growth maple woods where a maple sugar camp operated for many years. The woods have sugar maple, tulip, red and white oak, beech, ash and sycamore along relatively flat trails.

Share the Trails Hikes are free to the public, donations encouraged. These
casual, non-interpretive, volunteer-led hikes are easy-going social walks, welcoming new folks to the trails and to ACRES.

Bluegrastronauts Barn Concert for Members

Not a member? Join at the show!

Sunday, June 2, 7 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748
(entrance is east of the main drive)

Members, gather to celebrate protected land with a group pleasantly stuck between years gone by and those to come. Two more performers join our pals The Matchsellers to form this four-piece string band.

Come early to hike before the show, and feel free to bring a friend and YOLCAR (your-own-lawn-chair-and-refreshments).

Join us for this special concert for ACRES members!
Not a member yet? Join today, or at the show for $25.

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

ACRES Invasive Plant I.D. & Management Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 10 am – 3 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Join ACRES’ land management specialists for an in-depth look at identifying the many invasive plant species present in northeastern Indiana.

Following a cookout lunch provided by ACRES, the team will go over several methods to eradicate these plants.

Space is limited. RVSP to Evan Hill at 260-637-2273, ext. 3 or [email protected].

ACRES Swift Summer Sunset Caravan Hike

Friday, June 28, 7 pm
RSVP for beginning location; hike concludes at Fawn River Nature Preserve at sunset and includes Ropchan Wildlife Sanctuary and Ropchan Memorial preserves.

Join ACRES volunteers Janelle and Larry for a fast-paced, late summer evening hike through a few northern ACRES preserves. Swift hikes are invigorating, with restful stops while driving between preserves.

Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273 by June 25 to reserve space.

Shaded 5K Walk/Jog

Saturday, June 29, 2 pm
7496 W. SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Enjoy a casual walk or jog through the shaded forests and hills of Asherwood. This is not a typical 5K event with t-shirts, timing equipment, prizes, etc. but rather a chance to pursue your fitness goals with other nature lovers in a great setting. Water and restroom facilities available on site.

A Second Listing Session | ACRES’ Next Strategic Plan

Thursday, July 25, 6 pm
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | Victory Noll Center, Guadalupe Room
1900 W Park Dr, Huntington, IN 46750

Review preliminary plans and provide your input into ACRES’ next strategic plan that begins in 2020.

Hosted by board president Steve Hammer and Jason Kissel.

Canoe Tour for Members

Saturday, July 27, 8 am
NOBLE COUNTY | Art Hammer Wetlands
9706 N 125 W, Wawaka, IN 46794

Paddle a portion of the Elkhart River through this 356-acre preserve featuring a swamp forest, small lake and low wetlands, into Waldron Lake, then enjoy a light lunch. Bring your own canoe or kayak—we’ll provide the meal.

Space is limited. RSVP to Evan Hill by July 22 at 260-637-2273, ext. 3 or
[email protected]

Creek Stomp XI

Saturday, August 3, 3 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

This spectacular creek is o¨ limits the rest of the year, so here’s your chance: It’s once again time to get up close and personal with leeches, pinching crayfish and biting mosquitoes, fossils, waterfalls, cliffs, minnows, salamanders, and—if we are lucky—a snake or two. You’ll get wet, dirty
and inspired.

Presented by the Kissel family.

Java Jaunt

Thursday, August 8, 9 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin, Robert C. and Rosella C. Johnson
and Whitehurst Nature Preserves
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Join us for a casual hike through this 88-acre complex of meadows and woodlands followed by a “treat yourself” stop for coffee at Well Grounded Café in Huntertown.

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!