Slow Saunter Hike / Next Indiana Campfire

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When and Where:
Saturday, November 5, 2016 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
at Morgan-Monroe State Forest

6220 Forest Rd., Martinsville, IN 46151

Slow Saunter Hike
Kevin McKelvey


Event Description:

Experience nature directly and encounter big ideas while hiking and discussing the works of noted environmental writers.

As part of the Indiana Forest Alliance’s Slow Saunter hiking series, which aims to inspire advocacy for Indiana’s forests, and Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires, which connects nature, literature, and the Hoosier bicentennial, this hike and campfire discussion will explore the enduring yet often fraught relationship we have with the natural environment. 

Transportation to Martinsville is on your own and upon arrival you will be greeted and given a short history of Morgan-Monroe State Forest before venturing out on a guided 3-mile hike. Along the way, you’ll pause to read aloud the words of important environmental thinkers. Imagine hiking, and pausing for readings, while absorbing the sights, sounds, and smells of a forest teeming with native treasures. A forest ecologist will also join the group to answer questions about flora and fauna along the trail. 

Following the hike we’ll gather for a 90-minute campfire meal and discussion led by University of Indianapolis English professor Kevin McKelvey connecting the ideas of nature and home. The two readings include "Wilderness Letter," Pulitzer-winning author Wallace Stegner’s landmark 1960 essay in praise of untouched wilderness, and “Stone,” an essay by Susan Neville from her 1994 book Indiana Winter. 

Ticket price includes meal and beer (for hikers 21+) from Upland Brewing.

RSVP by November 2 at 
Limit 40*
*A morning hike may be offered if the afternoon hike sells out.

Presented by Indiana Forest AlllianceIndiana Humanities, and Morgan Monroe State Forest