Next Indiana Campfires

Next Indiana Campfires pairs nature and literature to ignite conversations about Indiana’s future. Join us for a trek or watch one of the short films we funded that explores our relationship to the White River watershed.

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.

The 2020 season will be announced this spring and will once again include a mix of paddling trips and hikes in and around the White River watershed, as well as a few locations in other parts of Indiana. To be notified of when 2020 treks and tickets will be released, sign up here

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 for underwriting the 2020 series. We are proud members of the Partners for the White River. 

Buy the Official Next Indiana Campfires Book!

Next Indiana Campfires: A Trail Companion is a collection of prose and poetry from Indiana Humanities’ award-winning Next Indiana Campfires series. Featuring a Scott Russell Sanders essay, contemporary and classic works by Indiana, Midwestern and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, and a trail journal to record your own notes from your adventures, this one-of-a-kind anthology is the perfect addition to your backpack.

Get your copy today
Next Indiana Campfire 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. 

Learn More and Watch the Films
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.


We’re currently seeking humanities scholars to lead discussions on the trail in 2020. Scholar-facilitators work with Indiana Humanities and the host location to select texts and design a great discussion about place, literature and conservation in Indiana. See the full call for proposals to learn more about what’s involved and how to apply.

Where We've Trekked

Since 2016, we’ve checked off some of our bucket list experiences around the state. Here are the wild places we’ve explored so far:




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