News Archive

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., Speaks at the Walden Woods Project

December 13, 2018

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. and Jeffrey Thomas On Monday, September 17th, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. spoke to a full house at the Walden Woods Project about “abolition from the days of Thoreau and Douglass to the present.”  Morris is Co-Founder and President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), and is

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Thoreau’s Walden: a Journey in Photographs by Scot Miller

December 13, 2018

On October 9th, the Walden Woods Project (WWP) hosted its first fundraising event benefiting “Friends of Walden Pond” (FOWP).  The WWP is the official FOWP group as designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In this capacity, WWP collaborates with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation on educational programming, interpretation, conservation initiatives

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Wildlife Cameras Capture Our Brute Neighbors

March 27, 2018

It is often debated whether Thoreau would have embraced many of the new-fangled tools and gadgets of the modern age, if he lived today. Would Henry have been seen around the coffee shops of Concord, consuming newspapers on a tablet? What would he have thought of weather apps? One thing

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Another Productive Season at the Farm at Walden Woods

March 6, 2018

Last fall, we wrapped up our tenth season at The Farm at Walden Woods. We are grateful for our loyal customers and we saw a large increase in our customer base. For those of you who visited us for the first time-we hope to see you again when the farm

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Unearthing a Transcendental Mystery

March 6, 2018

Like the old “who’s buried in Grant’s tomb” question, every so often the “who’s buried in Thoreau’s grave” question comes back to haunt us. Most recently it was brought to our attention by Walden Woods Project friend and supporter, Dr. Ira Skolnik, who saw a photograph of the Thoreau family

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Thoreau’s Bicentennial Year

January 3, 2018

2017 was a remarkable year in Walden Woods and Thoreau Country. On the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, there were many celebrations, activities, and remembrances of his life and literature. The Walden Woods Project and a wide variety of Thoreau-focused partners, both individuals and institutions, worked throughout the

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Own a Thoreau Bust Sculpture!

October 26, 2017

The Walton Ricketson portraiture bust of Henry David Thoreau is quite possibly the best sculpture ever produced of Concord’s favorite son and author of Walden. It represents a young, idealized Henry Thoreau much the way he looked when he was living at Walden Pond. When Edward Waldo Emerson saw the life-sized bust

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Henry’s Hat Presented at Massachusetts Environmental Education Society Conference

October 25, 2017

In a room packed with educators attending the 2016 Massachusetts Environmental Education Society annual conference in early March, Walden Woods Project staff offered the first public introduction to Henry’s Hat, an elementary education curriculum currently under development. The curriculum gives teachers a way to introduce young students, primarily in grades

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The Walden Woods Project Travels to Ireland

October 16, 2017

From July 3‐7, 2016, Jeffrey Cramer, the WWP’s Curator of Collections, and Whitney Retallic, Director of Education, were doing something they often do—talking with students about Thoreau. But these particular students were nowhere near Walden Woods—they were in Northern Ireland. Cramer and Retallic were asked to join the teaching team

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Plant a Little Bit of Walden in Your Backyard

October 16, 2017

The Walden Woods Project has partnered with American Heritage Trees (AHT) to offer sapling red maple trees from historic Walden Woods for sale. Red maple is a common tree species throughout Walden Woods, and is known for its beautiful red, fall foliage. It grows relatively quickly to a size of

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