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.

In 2018, the award-winning Next Indiana Campfires program will focus on the White River watershed. As we hike and paddle together, we’ll learn about efforts to restore and conserve one of Indiana’s most significant waterways and consider how it connects urban, suburban and rural Hoosiers. We’ll see if we can draw comparisons between ecological connectedness and other ways Hoosiers relate to each other across geographic, social, cultural and political boundaries in the White River watershed.

Thanks to a sponsorship from Upland Brewing Co., we’ll continue to serve their signature brews on the trail. We are also grateful for the generous support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for underwriting the 2018 series.

Bring The Campfire Experience Home

There are still a limited number of Trek and Talk Toolkits available. Each free toolkit includes everything you need to plan your won DIY outdoor adventure, including a text, discussion questions, swag and a snack! Order a toolkit here.

Our friends at Yonder Clothing Company designed this t-shirt, which features one of our favorite Booth Tarkington quotes about the Indiana skies. A portion of the sales benefit Indiana Humanities. Order a t-shirt here.

Next Indiana Campfires Films

Over the last year, Indiana Humanities has focused its award-winning Next Indiana Campfires program on the White River watershed and the larger question of how Hoosiers relate to water and to each other across watersheds. To explore these connections further we funded the creation of three short films about the White River. 




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