Archive for the ‘Interpretive Programs’ Category

Winter Walking at Walden, Sunday, February 11, and Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1:00pm-2:00pm

February 9, 2018

Meet a Park Interpreter at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center where we will start out our moderate one-hour guided ramble on one of Walden’s many paths. Learn about Henry David Thoreau, his stay at Walden Pond, his literary efforts, and his legacies. Appropriate for children 8+ accompanied by and adult. Wear winter boots and appropriate warm clothing. Bring walking sticks if you have them. Call 978-405-2082 with any questions.

The Frozen Water Trade, Wednesday, February, 21, and Friday, February 23, 2018, 1:00pm-2:30pm

February 9, 2018


While Henry David Thoreau was living at Walden Pond, Frederic Tudor, the “Ice King of New England,” brought workers to the pond, harvesting up to a thousdand tons of ice per day and stacking it in a giant pile on the shore. Come hear about this fascinating chapter in New England’s history. We will meet at the Visitor Center. If the trails permit, we will walk out to ice-fort cove and back (a 1.7-mile easy hike). Dress for the weather , ages 5+. Call 978-405-2082.

In His Own Words: Readings from Henry David Thoreau, Tuesdays, February 13 & 27 and Thursdays, February 8 & 15, 2018, 1:00pm-2:00pm

February 9, 2018

Join a Park Interpreter for readings from the works of Henry David Thoreau. We will take turns reading from various passages, followed by a discussion. This program is most appropriate for teens and adults, but no prior literary experience or knowledge of Thoreau’s writing is necessary. The program will meet at the Walden Pond Visitor Center; if weather permits, we will move to the replica and gather around the wood stove to keep warm.

Thoreau’s Stay at Walden, February 10, 2018, 12:30-2:00pm

February 9, 2018

Drop by the Thoreau house replica near the Walden Pond State Reservation main parking lot to discover from a Park Interpreter how and why Henry David Thoreau lived “a deliberate life” in Walden for two years, two months, and two days. We will have the woodstove going to keep us warm as we regale you with tales about Henry’s life and the importance of social and environmental legacies he left behind. All ages are welcome.

Animal Tracking Presentation, Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1:00pm-2:30pm

February 9, 2018

Do porcupines shoot their quills? Do fishers scream? Are cougars living in Massachusetts? Learn the answer to these and other questions. Join renowned tracking specialist Nick Wisniewski, founder of Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center, in our New Visitor Center for a free audio-visual presentation and talk about animal tracks and sign. Don’t miss this chance to learn about New England indigenous mammals and their ecological relationships from a tracker with over thirty years of experience in the field.

Snowflake Beauties Craft, Monday, Dec. 26 & Wednesday, Dec.28, 2016, 11am-12pm

December 18, 2016

Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike? Both Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) loved to observe snowflakes! “Snowflake Bentley,” as Wilson was called, was even the first person to photograph them! Come celebrate these “six-rayed snowy stars” by joining park staff in some snowflake making. This activity will be held inside the new Walden Pond Visitor Center. The program is good for all ages.

Thissnowflake bentley 4.jpg is a free program, but there is an $8 parking fee for MA plates, $10 out-of-state. All children must be accompanied by and adult. No pets, only working guides. For more information at (978) 369-3254. Reasonable accommodations upon request.

Winter Solstice Walks: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, December 20-22, 2017, 11:30am to 12:30pm

December 18, 2016

Beat the winter blues with our annual Solstice celebration! Join us at the new visitor center for an inspirational walk at Walden Pond during solar noon. If you have a drum, please bring it along. Please wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. This is a program for vSunisitors of all ages.

This is a free program but there is a $8 parking fee for vehicles with Massachusetts plates, $10 for vehicles with non-Massachusetts plates. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs permitted unless they are working guides. Park programs are sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information call park staff at (978) 369-3254. Reasonable accommodations upon request.

Civil Disobedience: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 12:30-2:30pm

December 17, 2016

martin-luther-king-jr-SmJoin local historians and Walden park staff for the 23rd annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, and the legacy of Thoreau’s essay, Civil Disobedience, at Walden Pond.

12:30pm-2:30pm Visit with Henry David Thoreau, portrayed by historian Richard Smith, at the Thoreau house replica near the main parking lot. Ask Mr. Thoreau about the night he spent in jail in 1846 for not paying his poll tax, an act which inspired his influential essay.

1:00pm Thoreau Scholar, Tom Blanding, will lead an engaging discussion on the writing of Thoreau’s essay, Civil Disobedience, at the new solar-powered Walden Pond Visitor Center. Learn how Martin Luther King Jr., having read Thoreau’s essay, used the concept of civil disobedience during the Civil Rights movement. Additional examples of civil disobedience, both historic and current, will be brought out during the discussion.

walden-woods-logoThis is a free program but there is $8.00 daily parking fee for MA plates, $10 out-of-state. No preregistration required. No pets permitted. Visit for more information. In case of inclement weather, please call (978)369-3254 for cancellation.
Co-sponsored by the Walden Woods Project, the Friends of Walden Pond State Reservation.

Walden Pond First Day Hike; Sunday, January 1, 2017, 12:00-2:00pm

December 12, 2016

Start off the New Year with good company, a sprinkling of seasonal literary readings and a cup of hfirst-day-hike-logoot chocolate!

Meet at the new Walden Pond Visitor Center at 12:00pm. Join us for an introduction to the new net-zero visitor center and a hike to the original house site of Henry David Thoreau. The hike includes a stop at the Thoreau house replica, where historian Richard Smith portrays Thoreau in his house on New Year’s Day! Sit by the wood stove and enjoy his tales of 1847. Don’t forget to dress for the winter weather. No pets are allowed at Walden Pond State Reservation. Co-sponsored by the Walden Woods Project, the walden-woods-logoFriends Group of Walden Pond State Reservation. Walden Pond State Reservation is located at 915 Walden Street/Route 126 Concord, MA 01742OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Visit for more information. In case of inclement weather, please call (978)369-3254 for cancellation updates.

Special Program: Emerson-Thoreau Amble! 11:00am-1:00pm, Saturday, October 22, 2016, meet outside the Concord Museum!

September 23, 2016

Come join park interpretive staff for a historic guided walk from the Emerson House to Brister’s Hill and the pond called “Fairyland” in Concord’s Hapgood Wright Town Forest! Meet outside the Concord Museum main entrance. This hike will cover half of the Emerson-Thoreau Amble. Please wear good walking shoes; bring water and insect repellent.