Schools and Groups are required to call ahead and make reservations at least two weeks in advance. All groups are subject to a parking fee. Reservations may be made by calling 978-369-3254.
The interpretive staff at Walden Pond Reservation offers a wide array of programs for visitors year-round. Children's seasonal programs include nature crafts, story time, and the Junior Ranger series. Adult and family activities include poetry reading, tracking programs and Thoreau walks. Accessible hiking and boating programs are scheduled in the spring and summer. School and group tours are available when scheduled in advance. Tour themes focus on the natural history of Walden Pond and Thoreau's life and his impact on society.
Parks As Classrooms is an initiative that uses a facility’s unique character to provoke critical thinking skills about our environment. This module, " Henry David Thoreau: The Making of a Naturalist file size 2MB " provides education about design and use of landscapes through hands-on activities and direct experience with natural and cultural resources.
There are three types of tours offered by the interpretive staff at Walden Pond.
Self-guided tour. Allows the group to come and explore on their own. Trail maps are provided (or may be downloaded here) and a Quest brochure guides you around the pond in a different way.
Semi-guided tour: Allows the group to meet with a member of the interpretive staff at the replica of Thoreau's cabin for a brief introduction to his life, cabin, experiment in simplicity and writings. The program lasts 20 to 30 minutes. The group can then spend the rest of their visit exploring on their own.
Full guided tour: Allows the group to meet with a member of the interpretive staff at the replica of Thoreau's cabin for the first part of the program and continue with the group to the house site.