Upcoming Events and Event Catalog

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Thoreau Animal Index Blitz

Thursday, February 28, 2019
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Walden Woods Project, Lincoln Massachusetts

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Join the Walden Woods Project to co-create an index of all of the animals mentioned in Thoreau’s Journals! Like Ray Angelo’s Botanical Index, this will become a valuable resource to Thoreau scholars for years to come.

Reasons to join us:

  • Researchers around the world will benefit from this resource.
  • Everyone who contributes to the Animal Index will be recognized when it is completed and made public!
  • Hot chocolate, tea and goodies will be served.
  • Experience the rare fire in the Walden Woods Project’s Great Hall walk-in fireplace!
  • You can come for as much—or little—as you are able!
  • Share some mid-winter camaraderie with fellow Thoreauvians.

(If you can’t join us in person, there is the possibility of participating remotely—register below and note where it asks about remote participation.)

What can I expect at the Animal Index Blitz?

  • Each participant will be assigned a certain number of pages, depending on how much time they have, of Thoreau’s journal to read (accessed on-line).
  • As participants read, they will be asked to note any mention of an animal. We will provide instructions and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • We have a limited number of desktop computers for participants to use; if you have a laptop, please bring it, so more people can participate at a time!

Contact Whitney Retallic, Director of Education, with questions.


Who's Hiding in Vernal Pools?

Sunday, April 7, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Lincoln Center parking lot, Lincoln MA

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Who’s Hiding in Vernal Pools?

Explore our forests’ hidden treasures – vernal pools!  In these important wildlife habitats you will find salamander larvae, frog tadpoles, beetles, bugs, and much more!

Join the Walden Woods Project and the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust as we explore a large vernal pool and the surrounding woods with Matt Burne, Walden Woods Project Conservation Director and co-author of A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools.

Moderate walk in the woods on trails and off, appropriate for adults and kids (7+ recommended).

Date: Sunday, April 7 (rain date Sunday, April 13)
Time: 1 PM
Location: Lincoln Center Shopping Plaza Parking Lot

Space is limited; pre-registration is required!


Walden Woods Project, Lincoln MA

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Join us for the book launch of Jeffrey S. Cramer’s highly-anticipated next book, Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, a thoughtfully researched, movingly presented dual biography of two iconic American writers, each trying to find the ideal friend with whom they could share their journey through our imperfect world.

Jeffrey S. Cramer is the Curator of Collections at the Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library and the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition, winner of a 2004 National Outdoor Book Award, and The Quotable Thoreau, recipient of an Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in Humanities.

Hardcover copies of the book will be on sale for $26.00.  Book-signing to follow talk.

Doors will open at 7 PM for a wine and cheese reception. Talk will begin at 7:30 PM.

Event is FREE, but space is limited.


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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.