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Walden Pond Junior Rangers Program 2011

June 27, 2010

Cubs and Bears programs both run
from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cubs (6-8 yr. olds) July 11th-15th
Bears (9-11 yr. olds) July 27th-29th

Junior Ranger Program from 2008.

Junior Ranger Program from 2008.

Since 1997 over 350 area children have participated in the popular Walden Pond Junior Ranger Program. The program intruduces children to the outdoors, creates friendships and brings families together. Activities include hiking, natural history, wildlife I.D., tree I.D., fishing and cultural history. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is limited to 14 children per program on a first come, first serve basis. Please call park headquarters for more information or email walden.pond@state.ma.us The Junior Ranger program is sponsored by the DCR and the Thoreau Society’s Friends of Walden Pond.

Spring Fishing Clinic

April 30, 2009

Sunday, May 3rd
9:00-11:00 a.m.

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Come wet a line at Walden Pond State Reservation! Learn about the essentials of fishing for beginners. Equipment and instruction will be provided. No fishing license is required for this event. This free program is open to visitors of all ages. Please meet at the wall near the main beach.

For more information, call the park headquarters at: 978-369-3254.

Earth Day 2009 @ Walden Pond State Reservation

April 23, 2009
Governor Patrick and Volunteers Restocking Walden Pond with Trout

Governor Patrick and Volunteers Restocking Walden Pond with Trout

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On Wednesday April 22nd, 2009 Walden Pond was visited by a number of nature enthusiasts for this year’s Earth Day. Governor Deval Patrick was present along with other state environmental agencies for the event praising the crowd for being Earth-conscious and educating the masses about the trout being restocked into the pond this year. Along with the restocking event, Walden interpreters continued their tradition of planting saplings around the pond.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the events and made the day a huge success!

Fall Fishing Clinic

October 22, 2008

Fall Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 25, 2008

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Location: Main beach

Join park staff on the main beach at Walden Pond State Reservation on Saturday, October 25th 2008 from 9:00-11:00 for a free fishing clinic. If you have always wanted to learn to fish but didn’t where to start or have fond memories of fishing as a child and want to get your own children into the sport don’t miss this opportunity! Park staff will supply, bait, gear and instruction. No fishing license is required for this angler education program.

This free program is open to visitors of all ages. The daily parking fee is $5.00 per vehicle. Walden Pond State Reservation is located at 915 Walden Street (Route 126) in Concord, Massachusetts, only ½ mile south from route 2. For more information, please call the Park Headquarters at (978) 369-3254.

About Walden Pond State Reservation

October 22, 2008

Walden Pond was once home to the renowned author, Henry David Thoreau. Now part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Forests and Parks system, Walden Pond State Reservation comprises 335 acres of protected open space where visitors come to experience the pond that inspired Thoreau as well as hike, swim, fish, canoe and kayak and cross country ski.

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau came to Walden Pond to live. He stayed for just over two years. He didn’t come to inspire a myth or a legend, or to create movements, or to make a name for himself. He came instead for the simplest of reasons: to live simply in nature and to discover what it could teach him.

In March of 1845, Thoreau began planning and building his one-room house. He moved in on July 4th of that year. He studied natural history, gardened, wrote in his journal, read, took long walks, and drafted his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, a story of a paddle trip taken with his brother in 1839. He also made the first accurate survey of the pond. By no means a hermit, he frequently walked to Concord village, entertained visitors at his house and hired himself out as a surveyor. In September of 1847, Thoreau completed his experiment in simplicity and returned to live in Concord.

Thoreau’s sojourn at Walden started a long tradition of people coming to the pond and its surrounding woods for inspiration and recreation. The emergence of Walden as a public park was in keeping with a belief that nature is meant to be enjoyed by people. Lamenting the deforestation that had taken place around Walden, he wrote “I think that each town should have a park…a common possession forever, for instruction and recreation” in an 1859 journal entry.  ”All Walden wood might have been preserved for our park forever, with Walden in its midst.”

In 1922 the Emerson, Forbes and Heywood families granted approximately 80 acres surrounding the pond to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the stipulation of “preserving the Walden of Emerson and Thoreau, its shores and nearby woodlands for the public who wish to enjoy the pond, that woods and nature, including bathing, boating, fishing and picnicking.” Middlesex County was given the responsibility for management of the reservation. In the summer of 1936, some 485,000 people visited Walden Pond, with Sunday crowds numbering as high as 25,000 visitors.

Today, it is estimated that approximately 700,000 people visit the reservation each year.  In an effort to balance public recreation with protection of these resources the DCR established a ‘people capacity’ at the park to ensure a positive visitor experience and to maintain the intergrity of the resources.

By the time the Commonwealth acquired the property in 1922, much of Walden’s forest had been cut down. The woods have since grown back so that the vegetation resembles the hardwood and softwood mix of Thoreau’s day that includes berry bushes, sumac, pitch pine, white pine, hickory, black birch, and oak. Stumps of some of the 400 white pines planted by Thoreau and Emerson, levelled by the great hurricane of 1938, are found above Thoreau’s house site.

Wildlife of Thoreau’s time can still be found here. Gray squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits are common. Skunks, raccoons and red foxes are active at night, but can occasionally be seen shortly before sunset or after sunrise. Kingfishers, blackbirds, chickadees, blue herons and red-tailed hawks can often be viewed flying among the trees or over the water. In the spring and fall, migratory ducks and geese pass overhead and land in nearby wetlands for food and rest. As noted by Thoreau, the pond “is not very fertile in fish. Its pickerel, though not very abundant, are its chief boast.” The pickerel disappeared around the turn of the century and the pond is now stocked annually with trout. In addition, sunfish, perch and small-mouth bass compete for crayfish.

Walden Pond is a 102-foot kettle hole pond formed over 12,000 years ago when the last glacier to cover New England slowly melted away. It is Massachusetts’ deepest body of fresh water. As the glacier melted, large chunks of ice broke off and became surrounded with and covered by vast amounts of sand and gravel carried by streams flowing from the glacier. As the blocks melted, they left behind depressions that eventually filled with water. Because of this geological history, most kettle holes like Walden Pond have no streams flowing into or out of them.

A replica of Thoreau’s house, constructed in 1985, and the location of his modest accomodations are available for viewing by the public. Year-round interpretive programs and guided walks are offered. Visitors can enjoy art displays at the Tsongas Gallery and drop into the gift shop/bookstore.

The interpretive staff at Walden Pond State Reservation offers a wide array of programs for visitors. Children’s seasonal programs include nature crafts, story time, and the Junior Ranger series. Adult and family activities include poetry readings, tracking and walking programs and Thoreau talks. Tour themes focus on the natural history of Walden Pond and Thoreau’s life and his impact on society. Accessible hiking and boating programs are scheduled in the spring and summer. When scheduled in advance, school and group tours are available.  Reservations may be made by calling 978-369-3254.

The Walden Pond Trail Map for 2010 and a Walden Pond Historical Pamphlet is available here.

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915 Walden Street
Concord, MA 01742
(978) 369-3254

PARK HOURS:  Please call Walden Pond State Reservation (978.369.3254) to obtain current park hours as opening and closing times change with the seasons.

Walden Pond State Reservation is located in the towns of Concord and Lincoln in the Greater Boston area.

From Route 95/128 (north and southwest of Boston area):  Take exit 29B onto Route 2 West. At 3rd set of traffic lights turn left onto Route 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Route 93 (north and south of Boston area):  Get onto Route 95/128 South. Take exit 29B onto Route 2 West. At 3rd set of traffic lights turn left onto Route 126 South.  Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Mass Pike Route I-90 (Boston area & out of state): Get onto Route 95/128 North. Take exit 29B onto Route 2 West. At 3rd set of traffic lights turn left onto Route 126 South.  Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Route 495 (north and west of Boston area): Take exit 29A onto Route 2 East. At 6th set of traffic lights turn right onto Route 126 South. Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.

From Route 3 (north of Boston area & New Hampshire):  Take exit 26 onto Route 62 West. Follow through Bedford Center and into Concord. At stop sign there Is a COLDWELL BANKER/Senkler Real Estate office directly in front of you; turn left. Follow road to the left around traffic circle, take next right onto Main Street, then take 1st left onto Walden Street. Follow Walden Street until you get to the traffic light at the intersection of Route 2. Cross Route 2, continuing straight onto Route 126 South (still Walden Street). Parking is ¼ of mile down on left.


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