In 2010 I became acquainted with the Walden Woods Project when visiting the Thoreau Institute during the Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society. I could sense that this was the organization that could properly care for and extend Thoreau's literary, conservation, and political legacy. Since then, I've returned many times to do scholarly research in the institute's library, and benefit from the expertise of its curator, Jeffrey S. Cramer. More recently, I've given several of their stewardship lectures. Presently, I’m working with the Walden Woods Project on a guidebook to Walden Pond, the most famous kettle lake in America. -- Robert M. Thorson, Professor of Geology, author, and life-long Thoreauvian.
(Attached photo: lichen-crusted granite outcrops in Walden Woods)
I have been a proud member of the Walden Woods Project for over 26 years now. I believe it is a very important charity for many reasons. It is helping to keep the work of Henry David Thoreau alive not only in America but across the world. It is teaching children the importance of conservation and recycling, to help keep this planet in good shape, and it protects the beautiful land that the likes of Thoreau, Emerson, and the Alcott's walked long before we did from people who want to develop over that historic land. To top it off I also know that it's founder Mr. Don Henley lives what he preaches.This is why I wholeheartedly believe that this non-for profit deserves to be awarded Best Non-For-Profit.
The preservation and education that occurs at the Walden Woods Project honors, and shares, Thoreau's legacy and the interconnectedness of 19th century Concord and surrounding area with today's world. While some forget that Thoreau was an author, many recall that he was deeply connected to his environment and left lessons about appreciating the natural world around us. The Walden Woods Project reminds visitors, including educators and students, that there was and is more to Thoreau than "Walden," although many writings relate closely to his most famous work and the wooded lot where he lived for two years, two months, and two days.
All of my interactions with the Walden Woods Project have convinced me of their loving commitment to the conscientious management of Walden Pond and the surrounding woods, and their respect for the people who benefit from preservation of the area. They have an impressive library that can accommodate both casual and serious study. Their staff is gracious and highly knowledgeable. I attended a week-long institute for teachers at their headquarters and found the experience to be quite valuable and, in some respects, life-changing. In their education programs, they promote the idea that we should all have "a sense of place" in our environment, which helps us to realize better our unique perspective and contribution to the world and also to become better stewards of our earthly home. Can you tell I love the Walden Woods Project? Get to know them, and you will, too!
The Walden Woods Project is a great nonprofit that enriched my life and taught me so much about Concord and Henry David Thoreau. The area is so rich with history and life and I was very impressed by their knowledge and expertise. I hope to visit again soon!
Excellent discussions, ideas to take to the classroom, and rich historical discussions. Fabulous experience for anyone wishing to implement place-based learning curriculum.
This organization is beneficial for the mind and soul! A team of passionate, dedicated scholars preserves the work and legacy of Henry David Thoreau, his town, and his contemporaries. The library and archives echo with the voices of Henry and those who he lived and worked with in Concord; the paths of Henry's woods contain stone placards of his words--walk in his footsteps, hear his voice, consequently, hear your own voice, too. Take the time to research all they have to offer and visit The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. It is truly transcendental.
They offer exceptionally well-organized educational programs! They are making a significant impact on people and place with their efforts to educate about Thoreau's legacy. Wonderful staff, too!
By far the best professional development I've ever experienced... A week in the woods with like-minded educators learning from each other and from the environment itself. The entire team is so passionate about what they do, and they graciously share both their time and their expertise with us. They have touched so many important people along the way. Thank you so much!
An amazing organization and place to learn more about Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau, and the Transcendentalists
I spent a wonderful week as part of the Approaching Walden teacher program. The Walden Woods Project included gracious hosts as well as informative instructors. This was an experience that will remain with me and will extend into my classroom as we read Walden and study Thoreau. I highly recommend this program to other teachers and commend this organization on a job well done. Thank you for an inspiring week!
This nonprofit is run by thoughtful, sincere, and inspiring people who love what they do and so extend themselves beyond expectations. The result of their efforts is excellent, most worthwhile use of all resources. Highest praise!
Spent a week here for the seminar and was completely inspired, both professionally and personally. Cannot recommend their programs highly enough!
While taking an Honors class at UMASS Lowell on Thoreau’s 'Walden', I had the opportunity to go to the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods with my class. We were able to meet with Jeff Cramer and have a discussion about who Thoreau was and what Walden meant to us and to the world. Because of the Walden Woods Project, I was able to learn and experience Thoreau’s works beyond the walls of the classroom, giving me a deeper appreciation of everything that is Thoreau and Walden Pond. This experience has set me on a course of realizing a new dream of someday specializing in Thoreau’s works as a PhD.
The Walden Woods Project fosters an academic, supportive, and encouraging environment. It is an invaluable tool for studying Thoreau and meeting with like-minded individuals who wish to discuss Thoreau's writings and philosophies. The Walden Woods Project has helped me with my academic studies and I am now using its resources to do an independent study on Thoreau. In return I have been helping WWP plan events for the upcoming bicentennial of Thoreau's birth. I am gaining valuable work experience while exploring the writing of an author I'm passionate about. This is the best resource available for anyone studying Thoreau.
I have volunteered for the Walden Woods Project over the course of the past year and have found them to be an exceptional organization. Their mission is to preserve the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau through conservation, education, research and advocacy. They use their protected land to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. They reach out to engage the local community in their efforts to instill a respect for the environment and adhere to Thoreau's philosophy. Every year, they seek to inspire young people to embrace the ideals of Thoreau and gain a sense of responsibility for stewardship of the environment through their “Live Deliberately” Essay Contest. The founder of the Walden Woods Project, recording artist Don Henley, is committed to this stewardship. To show his continued support for this organization, and to inspire others to join his mission, Mr. Henley recently held a fundraiser, in Boston, in which he, along with the other members of the Eagles, performed a benefit concert to raise funds for the Walden Woods Project.
I would enthusiastically encourage anyone interested in Henry David Thoreau and/or the preservation of the environment to consider donating to this wonderful organization.
It my great pleasure to attend the 2015 "Approaching Walden" teacher workshop hosted by the Walden Woods Project. It was a really transformative event, full of stimulating conversation about Thoreau and his legacy with so many curricular applications. I especially appreciated the organization's generous support to bring in educators from outside the area to Concord, and the thoughtful preparation on the part of the very knowledgeable and dedicated staff there. I look forward to supporting the Walden Woods Project in the future.
The Walden Woods Project is an amazing organization that not only looks to keep the ideas of Thoreau alive and relevant, but also encourages people to take a deeper look at the history of the area from a multi-disciplinary perspective. They encourage visitors to learn about the land, those who lived on it and around it, and to understand how the voices and movements of the past still have great relevance today. I couldn't be more appreciative for the work that they do and hope they will continue to inspire people for generations to come.
Until I attended Approaching Walden, an institute for educators, I was not aware of all that the Walden Woods Project offers. This may be, in part, because I am not from the Concord area, but nevertheless, this is a hidden resource. From the stunning grounds--a hunting lodge and state-of-the-art-library--to the hiking paths leading to Walden Woods and the pond, the setting makes tangible the ideas of Thoreau. Additionally the staff could not be better at helping people grasp Thoreau and his works in his time but also how his writings offer insight into our lives in the 21st century. Any time spent at the Walden Woods Project will be humbling and grace-filled, whether is be a saunter on the grounds or time spent learning from the staff.