Meet a park interpreter at Ice Fort Cove at the back of Walden Pond where the voices of merrymaking from the Walden Pond Amusement Park once echoed by the shore! Learn about the boat rentals, dancing, and picnicking by large numbers of “day trippers” who came visiting by train from the city starting in 1868. Stop by an time in this one-hour window.
Step inside Linda Glaser’s “It’s Fall!” story book as you stroll past book passages placed on the Pond Path. Fun for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by an adult. StoryWalk™ starts in front the Thoreau replica house.
Looking forward to our New Walden Visitor Center, Mondays (September 5, 12, 19, & 26); Thursday (September 8, 15, & 22), 10am-12pm at the House Replica, 2016September 3, 2016
Stop by to learn about the new, green visitor center being built at Walden Pond. Hear from a park interpreter about the future exibits featuring the legacy of Henry David Thoreau and get a look at the plans for this energy efficient building.
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.
Thoreau’s Stay at Walden, Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10am-12pm; Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 1-3pm; Sundays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, & 25, 1-3pm; Mondays, Sept. 5 & 19, 1-3pm; Tues., Sept. 13, 1-3pm, 2016, at the Replica houseSeptember 3, 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. 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 and listen to the voice message before planning at trip or attending a program at 978-369-3254.
Come and learn about the Thoreau family’s pencil making business! Henry David Thoreau is a renowned writer and thinker, but he also worked a lot with his hands. Not only did he build his house himself, but he also improved the methods of pencil making in his family’s business. Join a park interpreter near the parking lot for a look into this little-known side of Henry. We will have pencil-making activity; children will leave with their own working pencil. Appropriate for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
Join park staff at the Thoreau house replica, near the main parking lot, for a program about Henry David Thoreau, his stay at Walden Pond, and his literary, environmental, and human rights legacy. This program is for visitors of all ages. We will hike along the pond 1/2 mile to the original location of Thoreau’s house. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water and sunscreen as appropriate.
Want to come explore Heywood Meadow? Join our interpretive staff for “Exploring pond-life like Thoreau!”Fridays, September 9 & 23, 2016September 3, 2016
Now is your chance to learn about some of the local pond fauna by joining an interpreter for a walk to Heywood Meadow. Meet us down by the Main Beach bike racks and come explore one of our property’s wetlands. Please wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes. We will take a 40-minute hike over uneven terrain to reach the Meadow. Children should be supervised by and adult. Insect repellent on clothes (not on hands), water, and hiking boots recommended.
Did you know Henry David kept a journal for most of his life? Join our interpretive staff in creating your very own nature journal to take home! We will even add our first observations to the journal using leaf rubbings. Meet out by Thoreau’s replica. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
For kids: Help build a giant spider web! Learn about and make one of nature’s intricate designs, the spider web. Meet at the Thoreau house replica near the parking lot. All are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.