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Story Time for Kids, Thursdays, March 1, 8, & 15, 2018, 11:00am-12:00pm

March 2, 2018

Come join us as we read kids picture books based on the life of Henry David Thoreau and various nature themes. Appropriate for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. This program will meet at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center, and if weather permits, we will move to the replica house where the wood stove will keep us warm as we read.

In his own words: Readings from Henry David Thoreau, Tuesdays, March 6 & 13, 11:00am-12:00pm, at the Thoreau House Replica

March 2, 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 knowledge is necessary. This program will meet at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center, if weather permits, we will move to the replica and gather around the wood stove, keeping warm.

Walking Walden, March 7 & 14, 2018, meet at the Visitor Center, 11:00am-12:00pm

March 2, 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.

Thoreau’s Stay at Walden, at the replica house near the main parking lot, March 1, 2, 6-8, 12-17, 2018, 1:00-2:00pm

March 2, 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 wood stove going to keep us warm as we regale you with tales about Henry’s life and the importance of the social and environmental legacies he left behind. This program is appropriate for the whole family.

Frozen Water Trade, Fridays, March 2 & 16, 2018, 11am-12:30pm

March 2, 2018

While Henry David Thoreau was living at Walden Pond, Frederic Tudor, the “Ice King of New England,” brought workers to the pond, harvesting tons of ice and stacking it in a giant pile at Ice Fort Cove. 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.

Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi, Saturday April 21, 2018, 12:00pm-2:00pm

March 2, 2018


Walden Pond State Reservation will host Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehab Facility in Conway, Massachusetts, for an interactive presentation featuring live birds of prey at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center at 915 Walden Street in Concord, Massachusetts. Among the raptors featured may be a Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk, Kestrel, Screech Owl, & Great Horned Owl.

A retired Fish and Wildlife game warden and licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Ricardi cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive-breeding program. The event is free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Regular parking fees apply ($8 MA plate, $15 out-of-state plate).


Henry’s Footsteps: Winter Animal Tracking, February 10, 2018, 10:30am-11:30am

February 9, 2018

Join renowned tracking specialist Nick Wisniewski, founder of Walnut Hill Tracking and Nature Center, at the Walden Pond Visitor Center. Wear warm winter clothing, hats, gloves or mittens, thick warm socks, and winter boots. The program is best suited for adults and older children. In the event of extreme inclement weather suck as bitter cold wind or rain or sleet, the program will be held in the Visitor Center. For questions, call 978-405-2082.

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 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[1]