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Discover Indiana's wild places and literature with 'Next Indiana Campfires'

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From the sandy dunes in the north to the rolling hills in the south, Indiana’s landscapes have inspired generations of Hoosiers.

The literature they’ve written and the state parks system they founded for the 1916 Centennial are legacies we enjoy today, and a challenge for us to consider, what will we leave for the future?

Offered through Indiana Humanities, Next Indiana Campfires is a unique way to connect nature, literature and Indiana’s Bicentennial.

Join them on the trail for a scholar-led excursion or head out on your own with a DIY “Trek and Talk” toolkit, where you can plan your own path to hike, bike and canoe through Indiana's wild places.

Upcoming planned events include:

  • An overnight camping trip in Morgan-Monroe State Forest with DNK Presents on July 9-10. You’ll get a dose of nature tips from the pros on how to build a campfire, filter water and cook outdoors, as well as read a little literature from Hoosier authors who wrote about our landscape. Oh, and there’s beer, too! Register here.
  • An exciting exploration through the prairie and wetlands of Merry Lea Learning Center on July 23. You'll enjoy engaging discussion and local, sustainable foods! Snag a spot!
  • A sunset paddle on Eagle Creek Reservoir on July 29. Literature on a canoe? Sign up now.
  • Visit for even more!

DIY "Trek and Talk" Toolkit

Can’t make it to one of our outings?  Plan your own itinerary!   Register for one of our 1,000 FREE "Trek & 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).

Next Indiana Campfires is generously supported by the Efroymson Family Fund, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires and Ball Brothers Foundation.

Don't forget that each Jasper County Public Library branch has a State Park Pass in 2016 that may be checked out for seven days, which could be used for such an outing. Happy trails!