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The Walden Woods Project offers a wide range of educational programs, inspired by the life of Henry David Thoreau, for local and global audiences of all ages. Our programs foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility, both cornerstones of Thoreau’s philosophy.  The programs and resources below are offered at no cost or a very low cost to participants.

Let us be your guide online or on-site, right here in Walden Woods. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to adapt one of our existing programs—or come up with a new program—to meet your needs!

Public Lectures and Forums

As Thoreau was an advocate of life-long learning, we offer a variety of programs for audiences of all ages, bringing people together to explore the extensive ways in which Thoreau’s words and actions have current-day application—and to recognize those who embody Thoreau in their daily work, service and research.  Most of our public programs are free to attend.

Professional Development Opportunities

Our highly interactive, place-based programs equip educators with the skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate learning about the writing, life and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, while nurturing students’ own sense of place and environmental ethic.  We welcome educators from a wide range of disciplines, reflecting the variety of skills and interests of Thoreau and the breadth of his legacy. Graduate credit options are available for most of our professional development programs.

Curricular Resources

Whether or not you are able to join us for one of our Professional Development programs, we aim to provide educators with a rich pool of curricular resources to help teach about Thoreau, Transcendentalism, sense of place, social reform, journaling and other topics that grow out of Thoreau’s legacy.

Programs and Educational Resources for Students

The Walden Woods Project is a resource for students who wish to learn about, read the works of or lead a more deliberate and simplified life inspired by Henry David Thoreau.  Whether reading Thoreau for a class or setting out on your own journey of discovery, we have the resources you need.
Participants writing during one of Whitney's sessions

Don’t see what you are looking for? Contact Sarah Walker in the education dept. with questions and/or to discuss ways we can help meet your programmatic and educational goals. Email: