Friends of Walden Pond

Walden Pond at Sunset
Walden Pond at Sunset

The Walden Woods Project is the official Friends of Walden Pond group, and we are working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to help raise the funds necessary to make Walden more accessible, to keep the pond healthy, and to serve the needs of the diverse people that visit this iconic part of the New England landscape.

Walden Pond is visited by nearly 600,000 people every year. They come to experience the pond that inspired Thoreau’s masterpiece, to learn about Thoreau in the very place he lived, to take a hike through the Walden Woods, or just escape the summer heat at a beautiful New England pond.

WPSR Visitor Center
The new Walden Pond State Reservation visitor center

No matter the reason people come, Walden is a heavily-used state park, and requires a lot of care and maintenance to keep it healthy and protected.

We need your help too! Please consider supporting the Friends of Walden Pond. Your support goes directly to the projects that keep Walden healthy, accessible, and a vital inspiration for generations to come.

More about the Friends of Walden Pond

Learn about our Educational Outreach at the Pond
Explore the Interpretive Exhibits


Images of and about Walden Pond

Aerial view of Walden Pond, 2015 Thoreau's survey of Walden Pond, 1846 Scot Miller's Walden in the fall The Thoreau cabin replica and statue at Walden Pond State Reservation Scot Miller's moonset over Walden
The Thoreau cabin replica and statue at Walden Pond State Reservation