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Junior Rangers Return in August 2017

August 3, 2017

Let’s Travel Back in Time at Walden Pond!

Register for one or more sessions in the series! Call 978-369-3254 or email us at walden.pond@state.ma.us. Children ages 7-12 can become naturalists as they travel back in time. They will join park interpretive staff as we conduct hands-on experiments and activities to learn about plants and animals as Henry David Thoreau did. All Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Session #1Monday, August 7, 9am-10:30amWho was Henry David Thoreau? Meet Henry (as portrayed by Richard Smith) and become a nature detective while roaming Walden Woods.

Session #2Tuesday, August 8, 9am-10:30am-Pieces of the Past! Learn to use 1800 era tools. Meet and greet a Mounted State Trooper horse patrol protecting Walden Pond.

Session#3Wednesday, August 9, 9am-10:30amWhat Lies Beneath: Walden “Ponding” Adventure-activities examining past and present pond inhabitantss with aquatic biologists

Session#4Thursday, August 10, 9am-10:30amIce in August-hands-on experiments explaining glacial formation of Walden Pond and the 19th Century ice trade.

Registrants earn the Junior Ranger Activity Guide. Attend two sessions to earn a Junior Ranger Certificate. Attend three sessions to earn a Junior Ranger badge. 4 sessions, earn a chevron.

Regular parking fees apply.

About Walden Pond

August 1, 2017

Thoreau Family Pencil Making, Monday,October 10, 2016, 2:00-3:00pm

September 23, 2016

Come and learn about the Thoreau family’s pencil making business! Henry David Thoreau is a renowned as a writer and thinker, but he was also very handy. Not only did he  build his own house but he also improved the methods of pencil making in his family’s business. Join a park interpreter at the Thoreau house replica near the parking lot for a look into this little known side of Henry. We will have a pencil-making activity; children will leave with their own working pencil! Appropriate for children 6-12 accompanied by an adult.ad-pencils[1]

Thoreau’s Stay at Walden-at the Replica, Sundays, October 2, 9, 23, & 30, and Mondays, October 10 & 31, 10:00am-12:00pm; Saturdays, October 1, 8, & 15; and Sunday, October 16, 2016, 1:00-3:00pm

September 23, 2016

Join a park interpreter at the Thoreau house replica for fun and informative learning about Henry David Thoreau’s life and his stay at Walden Pond. Please remember that on warm days and holidays, Walden Pond often closes because of visitor capacity. Visitors are strongly encouraged to call the park headquarters (978-369-3254) and listen to the voice message before planning a trip or attending a program. Don’t forget your sunscreen and/or insect repellent. Suitable for all ages. House Sketch

Reading Walden’s Landscape, Tuesdays, Sept. 6, 13, & 20, 2016

September 3, 2016

Join us for an interpretive walk on the Pond Path. Thoreau was a keen observer and meticulous documenter of nature. We will identify wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees, and interpret the forested landscape as Thoreau would have done. We will discuss forest succession and will also share some descriptive passages from Thoreau’s book, Walden. Meet in front of the Thoreau house replica near the Main Parking Lot. Please wear proper walking shoes and bring your water and sunscreen. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

You are invited to HENRY’S WATERMELON PARTY! Saturday, August 27, 2016 12:00pm – 2:00pm

August 15, 2016

Henry Thoreau was known to have grown the sweetest, juiciest watermelons in Concord. Every year, he shared his harvest with friends and family. As we continue this tradition, enjoy a slice of melon with historian Richard Smith who will portray Thoreau at the Thoreau house replica. The replica is located next to the parking lot. This program is for visitors of all ages. Free with parking fee. $8 dollars MA plates, $10 out of state.hennry'swatermelonparty

Happy Birthday Henry! Tuesday July 12, 2016 12pm-2pm

July 11, 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome and celebrate Henry’s birthday! Local historian Richard Smith will portray Henry David Thoreau and receive guests at his house near the main parking lot at Walden Pond. As you wish him many happy returns of the day, he will regale you with accounts of his adventures and misadventures in Concord and beyond. This is an informative and entertaining program for visitors of all ages. This is a rolling program, so stop in any time for a visit. On hot summer days, holidays, and weekends, Walden Pond State Reservation often closes because of visitor capacity. Visitors are strongly encouraged to call the park headquarters (978-369-3254) and listen to the voice message before planning a trip or attending a program.

Storytime at the main beach, Wednesdays in July, 12:30-1:30pm

June 23, 2016

Join a park interpreter at the Main Beach for the reading of fun and educational children’s books. Each session we will focus on stories touching on nature. This program is for young children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Reading Walden’s Landscape, Mondays, 1:00-2:00pm at the Thoreau House Replica

June 23, 2016

Join us for an interpretive walk at Walden Pond. Thoreau was a keen observer and meticulous documenter of nature. We will interpret the forested landscape as Thoreau would have done. We will discuss forest succession and will also share some descriptive passages from Thoreau’s book, “Walden.” Please wear proper walking shoes and bring your water and sunscreen. Children must be accompanied by an adult. walden, ridge path

Reading Walden’s Landscape, Mondays, June 13 and June 27, 10:00am-11:00am

June 2, 2016

Join us for an interpretive walk on the Pond Path. Thoreau was a keen observer and recorder of nature. We will identify wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees and interpret the forested landscape as Thoreau would have done. We will discuss forest succession and will also share some descriptive passages from Thoreau’s book, “Walden.” Meet in front of the Replica house located near the main parking lot. Please wear proper walking shoes and bring your water and sunscreen. Children must be accompanied by an adult. walden, ridge path