Posts Tagged ‘walden pond state reservation’

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.

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.

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.

Spiders and their Webs. Oh My! Saturday, October 29 & October 31, 1:00-3:00pm, 2016

September 23, 2016

For kids: Help build a big spider web! Learn about and make one of nature’s basic connections, the spider web. Meet at the Thoreau house replica near the parking lot. Dress for the weather. All are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.spiderweb

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]

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