Book of Leaves, Thursdays, Sept. 8 & 22, 2016, 2:00-3:00pm

September 3, 2016

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. autumnaltints

Spiders and their webs, “Oh My!” Thursdays, Sept. 15 & 29, 2016

September 3, 2016

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.spiderweb

Who lives in the Forest?, Fridays, Sept. 2,16, & 30, 2016, 11am-12pm, at the main beach

September 3, 2016

Now is your chance to learn about some of the local animals that live in the forest. Meet us at the table between the bike racks at the Main Beach to practice your naturalist skills. this program is for all ages. Children should be supervised by an adult. Stop by any time in this one hour window..squirrel

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

The Year of Low Water: Plant Ecology of Walden Pond’s Shore, Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1:00pm-3:00pm

August 15, 2016

Join world-renowned biologist Richard Primack for a walk from the Thoreau House Replica to Thoreau’s cove. Henry David Thoreau kept extensive records of plant flowering and leaf-out times. Dr. Primack uses Walden Pond as a living laboratory, comparing current conditions with Thoreau’s records and documenting that the climate around Walden Pond is changing. Dr. Primack will discuss the ecological consequences of these changes, as well as the plant successions taking place during the current low-water levels at Walden.

 

PleaRichard-Primack-and-Henry-David-Thoreau-224x300se make a reservation by phone (978)369-3254 (press option #3 to leave us a message) or email at walden.pond@state.ma.us with the number of attendants in your party. Thank you!

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.

July 4th 1845, Independence Day program, Monday, July 4, 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm

June 23, 2016

Let’s celebrate! Please come join park staff at the Thoreau house replica to learn about the celebrations of July 4th in the days of Henry David Thoreau. This program is fun for all ages. Children must be accompanied by and adult.unclesam

StoryWalk®, Saturdays in July, 10:00am-12:00pm

June 23, 2016

Step inside a story book with an interpretive guide as you stroll past book passages placed along the Pond Trail. Fun for the whole family! Children must be accompanied by an adult. The progstorywalkram starts in front of the Replica House. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Stop by any time in this 2-hr. window.

What’s in Walden Pond? Friday, July 22, 10:00am-12:00pm, at the Main Beach

June 23, 2016

Now is your chance to learn some of the local pond fauna by examining specimens just like Thoreau. Meet us down by the beach picnic table to practice your naturalist skills. This program is for all ages. Children should be supervised by and adult. Stop by any time in this 2-hour window.

What’s in the Forest? Fridays in July, 11:00-12:00pm, at the Main Beach

June 23, 2016

Now is your chance to learn some of the local flora by examining specimens just like Thoreau. Meet down by the Main Beach to practice your botany. This program is for all ages. Children should be supervised by an adult. Stop by an time in this 2-hr. window.