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 Tai Chi

Saturday, January 12, 10 am
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Tai Chi instructor Hitomi Griswold will lead you through this gentle, energizing practice in the beautiful setting of the Dustin home. All levels welcome. Space is limited. RSVP to [email protected] or 260-637-2273.

Members-only Book Club Round-robin

Friday, January 18, 6 pm
ALLEN COUNTY | Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve
1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Bring your favorite nature book(s) to share while gathered ’round the fire. We’ll introduce our titles in fast, enticing two-minute snippets. Depending on attendance, you may only have time for one book. What will you share?

Creek Stop—Winter Edition

Saturday, January 26, 2 pm
WABASH COUNTY | Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash, IN 46992

During the winter months, this active creek reveals a whole new batch of discoveries: 20-foot icicles, frozen waterfalls and fossils. Come see what you’ve been missing! Weather depending, we’ll either be walking through frigid water or on ice—waterproof boots suggested. Regardless, you’ll be cold, wet and captivated. Presented by the Kissel Family.

Members-only “Lay of the Land” Discussion

Saturday, February 23, 2 pm
HUNTINGTON COUNTY | New, closed preserve

Discuss ACRES’ work protecting this area from a newly protected nature preserve and woodsy, open-concept home (reminiscent of the ACRES Office) on the ancient bank of the Wabash River, a bluff overlooking the river today. Presented by Jason Kissel. Space is limited. RSVP for location by February 20 to: [email protected] or 260.637.2273 for address.

Members-only Asherwood Maple Syrup Making and Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, March 16, 9 am – noon
WABASH COUNTY | Asherwood Environmental Center
7496 W SR 124, Wabash, IN 46992

Can you smell the warm pancakes and fresh-made syrup? Feel the cool, crisp air of the winter woods on your cheek? It’s sugar bush season! You’re invited to breakfast and a guided tour of ACRES’ maple sugaring operation. Presented by Bill Harmsen and Jason Kissel.

No reservations required. $5/person, children under 5 free. Come early or stay late and explore this incredible place that your membership helps protect.


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!