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A NEXT Indiana Campfires event, featuring a literary hike on the Daryl R. Karns Natural History Trail, will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, on the Hanover College campus.

Indiana Humanities’ NEXT Indiana Campfires series uniquely connects nature, literature and discussion of Indiana’s future. A naturalist from Oak Ridge Conservancy will identify interesting plants, animals and other Hoosier oddities. Kevin McKelvey, associate professor of English at the University of Indianapolis, will recite the works of Indiana authors during pauses along the trail.

Supported by Indiana Humanities and Oak Heritage Conservancy, the event at Hanover will combine a two-hour hike on the College’s moderately rugged trails, environmental readings and a dinner during sunset overlooking the Ohio River.

Cost for the event is just $15 per person. The fee includes the guided hike, campfire dinner and Indiana-brewed beer for those ages 21 and older.

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In case of inclement weather, Indiana Humanities will cancel the event and alert registrants via email at least two hours prior to the start time. If the event is cancelled, a ticket to another Next Indiana Campfires event will be offered.

The Daryl R. Karns Natural History Trail, named for the late Hanover professor of biology, consists of four trails along the bluff adjacent to the Ohio River on the College's campus. The paths, totaling nearly 2.5 miles in length, range in difficulty from no slope to steep ascent.