ACRES members, you protect land!

Thank you for taking responsibility, for playing your part in protecting our local natural areas and working lands.

Together, with that of other members, your ACRES membership sends a clarion call throughout our region: we value these places. Member events give you the opportunity to do cool things to celebrate the ACRES community and the land you protect together. Member events also give you the chance to get know each other and to discover the values you share and what motivates others to participate in ACRES.

Members, in support of your shared values and in honor of your commitment, you’re invited to participate in unique outings, exclusive opportunities to see closed preserves and protected lands and the chance to meet land donors.
ACRES events are held rain or shine, sleet or snow.

 Are you ready to become an ACRES member?

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

Members Only Popp Open House

Saturday, October 13, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Emanuel M. Popp Nature Preserve
12129 Tonkel Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Campfire hotdogs, refreshments, cabin tours and hiking in this old-growth forest open only once a year. Presented by Larry Biggerstaff, Popp caretaker.

Annual Member Meeting & Picnic

Sunday, October 21, 1 – 4 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Dustin Barn
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748
Parking and activities at the Dustin Barn, located east of the main drive

Fun for all ages! Members gather once a year for a state-of-the-organization update and to celebrate protecting local land. Enjoy a meal and activities including hikes, Cornhole and a nature-themed craft. Music by Ken Jehle. Food by Feders Meats, beer by LaOtto Brewing, ice cream by Sweet Sanity. Meal and meeting at 1 pm, activities to follow. For tickets ($10/person, children 10 and under free), call 260-637-2273 or buy online at

As a benefit of membership, you can vote at the Annual Meeting for Board of Director nominees and to amend the Articles of Incorporation. 2018 Nominees returning are: Steve Hammer, Ashley Motia, Dawn Ritchie and David Schnepp; new are Wayne Shive and Jerry Sweeten. Complete nominee bios and details regarding the Articles of Incorporation amendments are online at


In addition to our member 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!