The Walden Woods Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau through conservation, education, research and advocacy.
Founded in 1990 by recording artist Don Henley, the Project uses the land it has protected in Walden Woods to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility, both cornerstones of Thoreau’s philosophy.
The Walden Woods Project buys an 18-acre site, built by Boston philanthropist Henry Lee Higginson. The acquisition includes a turn-of-the-century estate listed on The National Register of Historic Places that now houses the Project's administrative offices and theThoreau Institute.
The Project purchases the 10-acre Fairhaven Hill site in Walden Woods
The Project's headquarters move from Boston to Lincoln, Mass
The Project purchases a 6-acre agricultural site in Walden Woods, the Bilodeau land near Bear Garden Hill
The historic Adams carriage house purchased by the Project, thereby preserving 5 acres of conservation land and acquiring additional facilities for the programs offered by the Institute
The Project purchases the Farm at Walden Woods (formerly named Pine Tree Farm) thereby protecting 9 acres of prime farmland that will remain in agriculture
The Walden Woods Project acquires the Adams House (formerly the stable building of the Higginson Estate). This acquisition includes 3,800 sq. ft. of additional space for the Project and nearly 2 acres of conservation land.
The Walden Woods Project, in partnership with the Concord Land Conservation Trust, purchases a conservation restriction over 9.71 acres on Fairhaven Hill.