Upcoming Events and Event Catalog

Our Event Catalog provides general information about our recurring programs

A Walk (on) Wachusett

Saturday, October 20, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Details & Registration

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Princeton MA


Join Walden Woods Project and DCR staff as we explore Mount Wachusett’s summit and Thoreau’s 1842 essay, “A Walk to Wachusett.”

Along the way, we will share and discuss excerpts from this early essay, and learn about the natural and social history of the mountain and local area.

The walk will be co-led by Nick Wisniewski, Visitor Services Supervisor at WMSR (and seasonal ranger at Walden Pond State Reservation); Matt Burne, WWP Director of Conservation; and Whitney Retallic, WWP Director of Education.

Event is FREE, but space is limited. Registration is required.
This event will be held at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. Parking/meeting information will be distributed to registrants.


Approaching Thoreau: Teaching about Place

Saturday, November 3, 2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Event Details & Registration

Walden Woods Project, Lincoln MA


This professional development workshop will approach Thoreau as a uniquely place-based writer and philosopher, exploring his time at Walden Pond by looking at Walden and other texts. Participants will spend time with the Walden Woods Project’s Curator of Collections and Thoreau scholar, Jeffrey S. Cramer, and UMass Lowell’s Professor of English, Marlowe Miller, in the Thoreau Institute Library; tour Walden Pond with the Walden Woods Project’s Education Director, Whitney Retallic; and discover new and innovative ways to implement Thoreau’s ideas and writings in a creative and interdisciplinary way.

Registration Deadline: October 17, 2018

Registrations received after deadline will be accepted if space is available

EDCO members: $60 for workshop only; $80 for workshop plus graduate credit*

Non-EDCO members: $75 for workshop only; $100 for workshop and graduate credit*

*Optional on-line sessions for graduate credit, Oct 23-Nov 20: $125 paid to Worcester State University (additional to the registration fees above)

To register, contact the o ce of Curriculum and Instruction in your district or the Walden Woods Project at education@walden.org or 781-259-4721.

Participants will receive confirmation details from EDCO.

Note: Professional development events for educators can be found on the educator event page

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Public Program Catalog

These events are offered on an on-going basis. When an event is scheduled, it will appear in the list of upcoming event at the top of this page.

Stewardship Lectures

The Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute sponsors the Stewardship Lecture Series to celebrate innovation and creativity in environmental stewardship and to highlight the work of those who are promoting the values and ideas embodied by Thoreau. Each year the series features a number of talks, panel discussions, or media presentations featuring individuals at the cutting edge of a renewed environmental and social justice movement.

Recent Stewardship Lectures include:

  • Terry Tempest Williams, on her book The Hours of Land: A Personal Topography of American National Parks.
  • Laura Dassow Walls, in October 2016, gave the first public presentation of her biography, Henry David Thoreau: A Life, due out on July 12, 2017
  • David Gessner, All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West (on his book of the same title)
  • Robert M. Thorson, Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science (on his book of the same title)


We are always seeking excellent candidates for the lecture series and welcome any nominations and suggestions for the upcoming year. If you have an idea for a topic or presenter for our Stewardship Lecture Series, please contact the Walden Woods Project.

Modern Lyceum

“Thoreau’s Legacy: A Modern Lyceum” brings back the movement that spawned adult education in America with public forums that promoted thoughtful conversation and education about the social, intellectual and ethical questions of 19th-Century society. Guided by accomplished scholars on related topics, our Modern Lyceum will engage the public in an investigation of current social issues, with respect to and through the lens of Henry David Thoreau’s still-poignant writings and actions—incorporating many of his contemporaries.

Our Lyceum events will not seek to provide easy answers to today’s dilemmas and debates, but to highlight the way in which the voices and perspectives of the past can shed light on and help us to critically examine our current situation. We anticipate that our panelists will—all drawing from Thoreau’s texts and actions—come to slightly different conclusions to some very complex questions, and by doing so, broaden our perspectives on events of today.

Read more about Henry David Thoreau's involvement with the 19th-Century Lyceum Movement in the United States.