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.
I attended The Walden Woods Project's annual Approaching Walden professional development week for teachers. The experience far exceeded my expectations, both personally and professionally! It is clearly evident that this staff is passionate about the work that they do in conservation, education, and scholarship. I would highly recommend this organization to any educator seeking resources on Transcendentalism, Thoreau, the history of the Concord, MA, area, or conservation and natural history in the Walden Woods. I also hope the general public sees them as a valuable resource for what they have to offer for individuals and groups throughout the year. Keep up the good work, WWP!
I took an excellent week-long course with WWP and found the team of people there to be highly dedicated and passionate. The organization has a multi-faceted mission that can inspire people of all ages to be better global citizens.
By far the best professional development I have had in at least 10 years. Staff is knowledgeable, professional, dedicated, and kind. They work to ensure that everyone has an excellent intellectual and useful experience.
I went to several lectures about Thoreau given by Jeff Cramer that were fascinating. As Director of the Lincoln Public Library, I have had opportunities to refer people to the Thoreau Institute to further their research and knowledge of Thoreau. What an incredible resource!
I participated in the Walden Woods Project in the summer of 2012. I can honestly say in my 20 years of teaching, I don't think I have ever had a more rewarding professional development experience . I was the only science teacher present among a group of mostly English teachers with a few history teachers mixed in.
My interest in the Project stems from my role as an Environmental Science teacher and a love of the works of Thoreau and Emerson. I was warmly welcomed by the Thoreau Institute staff and the program, incorporating nature appreciation into teaching through literature, was fantastic. We spent five days doing various group and independent writing exercises, learning the history of Henry David Thoreau, exploring his writings, and visiting historic sites around Walden Pond and Concord.
As a Connecticut resident and child of an English teacher, I grew up learning about and visiting this area, but seeing it from an adult perspective and discussing how I could use it to help my students learn a sense of place was incredibly meaningful. Further, the other teachers that I met, from all over the country, were completely accepting of me and even a little fascinated that a science teacher has students read literature in science class. Above all, I made several friends whom I have stayed in close contact with since.
The Thoreau Institute is a beautiful facility, the library is incredible and the staff is knowledgeable and dedicated to preserving this great American resource. This spring, I was also able to contribute by acting as a reader for the Project's annual essay contest. The fact that the Institute manages to have so many irons in the fire, both educationally, historically and environmentally in their work for preserving that natural area around Walden Pond while maintaining such high standard of performance is most admirable in a non-profit organization. I cannot speak highly enough about the Walden Woods Project and the Thoreau Institute. It will be my pleasure and honor to keep serving as an academic volunteer for as long as they will have me, and I hope to have the opportunity to attend another workshop before ending my teaching career.
South Windsor High School
South Windsor, CT
Having been a fan of Thoreau's view of the world since I was a teen, I am excited to know that there is a nonprofit taking care of the Walden Woods until I can get there to see it for myself! I am also glad that the Walden Woods Project does outreach to help people of all ages discover both Thoreau's writing and the special place where so much of it took shape. In addition to donating, I volunteered as a Guest Reader for one of the outreach programs, a teen essay contest. It's wonderful to see members of the busy next generation write about taking time to let places like Walden Pond enrich their lives.
In 2001, I was a participant in the annual summer teachers' workshop, Approaching Walden, run by the Walden Woods Project. After immersing myself in the works of Henry David Thoreau, surrounded by the woods he roamed and enriched by the various experts brought in to share their insights and knowledge, I returned to the classroom with exciting new ideas and a curriculum unit I'd developed that reinvented the way I was teaching Walden and Thoreau's other works. My students became engaged and responsive in ways they never had previously. Since my retirement in 2007, I have been on staff at Approaching Walden, sharing my classroom successes with each summer's participants. The energy, support, and inspiration provided by the Walden Woods Project's summer institute for teachers resulted in some of the most rewarding lessons I shared with my students, and I am gratified to see that same enthusiasm in each successive group of AW participants. The Walden Woods Project educational outreach has a profound effect on all those who experience it.
I'm really interested in preserving green space used by so many people living in and visiting the area. I'm also really interested famous local writers that give Concord and surrounding towns such a rich literary history. The Walden Woods Project does so much on both these fronts. I recently volunteered with them for a fundraising event. It was beautifully run, raised a lot of money and awareness, and was a blast! I highly recommend getting to know this organization!
My experience with the Walden Woods Project was as a participant in the Approaching Walden seminar. It far exceeded my expectations. I was totally engaged in the offered seminars and field trips. My learning extended beyond my teaching field, English, into the realm of science! It was all fascinating!
I am a teacher in Jacksonville, Florida who LOVES the New England area.
My Master's degree is in English, with a focus on American writers.
When I had the opportunity to spend time in the natural beauty of WALDEN WOODS, to listen to THE scholar on Henry David Thoreau, to collaborate with colleagues from across the United States with a similar aptitude towards this icon, and to walk the trails and pond with a dedicated naturalist, well, it was a no-brainer, and more importantly, a time with the divine! I am SO THANKFUL for this place and the hospitality and preparation of the entire staff to share the message that Henry's message is TIMELESS and RELEVANT to this generation!
Walden Woods is a very special place and I am very thankful to Don Henley for taking the initiative to save this place. It offers a place for introspection by channeling Henry David Thoreau's concern for the intangibles that make life matter! The interpreter was spot on and the proximity of this place to other literary giants who are remembered, with Henry, at Sleepy Hollow is also not to be missed.
I had the opportunity to chaperone on a trip to Walden Woods and what a pleasure it was to get out of the hustle and bustle of school and walk in Thoreau's footsteps for a day. The Walden Woods Project interpretative guides walked along with us on the trails and through Thoreau's house answering questions and keeping it interesting for our students.
After visiting Walden, we toured The Great Manse, right down the street. I can't believe this great jewel is so close to my home and I have never visited! Our tour guide at The Great Manse was an incredible storyteller.
I highly recommend these tours to anyone interested in American history and/or literature.