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Own a Thoreau Bust!

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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Walden in Farsi

October 16, 2017

Ali Taghdarreh had never left his country of Iran until 2015. As the first translator of Walden into Farsi (Persian) it had been his dream to stand on the shores of Walden Pond. This was made a reality in July 2015 when, through the efforts of friends, Ali got to

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Thoreau Stamp

Thoreau Stamp Issued

June 6, 2017

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new Henry David Thoreau stamp in commemoration of the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth this year. In a ceremony held on May 23, 2017, representatives from the USPS, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Town of Concord, and the Walden Woods Project celebrated Thoreau,

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Trail Opened on Bear Garden Hill

May 10, 2017

We recently completed a new recreational trail on our Bear Garden Hill/Boiling Spring property in Concord. The short loop trail brings visitors to a section of this 42‐acre site, that has largely been unexplored by the public. Bear Garden Hill is the first land the Walden Woods Project protected. It

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WWP Embarks on Renewable Energy Conservation

May 1, 2017

The Walden Woods Project has begun its conversion to renewable energy as a power source for its headquarters in Lincoln, MA. We are purchasing approximately 32,000 kWh that is generated by solar systems on the roofs of moderate and low income residences located in Dedham, Waltham, and Boston, MA. The

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Photograph of adult spotted salamander

Arrival of Spring in Walden Woods

April 3, 2017

Thoreau was keenly aware of the change in seasons, and of the awakening of the woods and small ponds that occur in the spring time. In his journal he noted, “the very pools, now, soon after the ice has melted, so transparent and of glassy smoothness and full of animal

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Welcome!

March 8, 2017

Hello from Walden Woods! The Farm at Walden Woods is one of the most visible farms in Massachusetts, located on Route 2 eastbound right after the Sudbury Road lights. This historic farm has been in agriculture since 1928 and has played a large role in the community. Formerly known as

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