Next Indiana Campfires

Next Indiana Campfires pairs nature and literature to ignite conversations about Indiana’s future.

Next Indiana Campfires

Indiana’s landscapes have inspired generations of Hoosiers. The literature they’ve written and the state parks system they founded are legacies we enjoy today. What will we leave for generations to come? Next Indiana Campfires pairs nature and literature to ignite conversations about Indiana’s future.

Trek and talk with us! During the outing, a humanities scholar will lead attendees by foot, stopping periodically to read aloud the words of important Hoosier authors. A naturalist will also be on the trail to identify interesting plants, animals and other Hoosier oddities. We’ll wrap up around a campfire with an Upland Brewing Co. beer and discuss connections between nature, literature and place.

Thanks once again to Upland Brewing Co. and UGo Bars, LLC, you’ll have delicious beer and snacks on the trail. We’re also grateful for the support of the Ball Brothers Foundation for supporting the 2017 series.


“The Next Indiana Campfires program is terrific. I can’t say enough good things about connecting people to Indiana outdoors and Hoosier writers! Indiana Humanities has hit a home run.”

Susan Sutton, two-time program participant

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DIY "Trek and Talk" Toolkit

Can’t make it to one of our outings? Plan your own Next Indiana Campfire with one of our free “Trek and Talk Toolkits.” It’s easy – and fun!  Toolkits include everything you need to create your own DIY outdoor adventure (a text, discussion questions, a Next Indiana Campfires patch, snacks and more).




Check out our 2016 weekly blog series devoted to the campfires initiative. You’ll learn about Indiana’s great environmental literature, find out interesting facts about Hoosier stewardship and more.




Be sure to use #trekandtalk and tag @INHumanities on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Where We Have Been

We checked off some of our bucket list experiences during our state’s bicentennial year! Here are the wild places we explored in 2016:

  • Oliver’s Woods (May 11)
  • Wesselman Woods Old Growth Forest (May 22)
  • McVey Memorial Forest (June 7)
  • Syracuse-Wawasee Trails (June 9)
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (June 18)
  • Merry Lea Learning Center of Goshen College (July 23)
  • Eagle Creek Park (July 29)
  • Prophetstown State Park (Aug. 5)
  • Cardinal Greenway and Red-tail Nature Preserve (Aug. 14)
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Sept. 10)
  • Cope Environmental Center (Sept. 29)
  • Trail Creek Watershed (Oct. 8)
  • Limberlost State Historic Site (Oct. 8)
  • Marian University Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab (Oct. 21)
  • Glaciers End Nature Preserve (Oct. 29)
  • Morgan-Monroe State Forest (Nov. 5)
Explore Indiana's Wild Places

Attend one (or many!) of our outings in Indiana’s most diverse and beautiful landscapes. During each outing, a humanities scholar will lead you through a unique Hoosier landscape by foot or kayak, pausing to read aloud the words of important Hoosier authors such as Gene Stratton-Porter, Scott Russell Sanders and Edwin Way Teale. After the excursion, we’ll gather around a campfire for a meal and an Upland Brewing Co. beer to discuss connections between nature, literature and place.

Excursions cost $15. A limited number of fee waivers will be available for each excursion and will be awarded based on financial need. Please contact Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement, at for details.


Contact Leah Nahmias, 317-616-9804, or email