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On May 16th, Melissa Aulds, our Director of Community Life, drove a full bus of twelve residents to Walden Pond.  Walden Pond is located in Concord and on the Lincoln border. Jackie, a Park Ranger, gave our residents a talk on the history and beauty of Walden Pond.

The Mass.gov website boasts historical facts and the evolution of Walden Pond and we’ve noted them here. Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helping to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. Because of Thoreau’s legacy, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement. Park Interpreters provide tours and ongoing educational programs. The Reservation includes the 102-foot deep glacial kettle-hole pond. Mostly undeveloped woods totaling 2680 acres, called “Walden Woods,” surround the reservation. Now part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system, Walden Pond State Reservation includes 335 acres of protected open space so that visitors from near and far may come to experience the pond that inspired Thoreau. In summer the Reservation is a popular swimming destination. In the spring and fall, many people hike the trails that ring the pond and visit the replica of Thoreau’s one-room cabin. Year round interpretive programs and guided walks are offered as well as a gift shop, bookstore and the Tsongas gallery.

Our residents enjoyed a picnic style lunch and snacks put together by Brock Rafferty, our Director of Food Services. The weather was spectacular and a lovely time was had by all!  Melissa ensures we visit Walden Pond during the course of each season and says, ” it’s a New England tradition”, and she wants the residents to be part of that experience.

The Walden Woods Project was started by the Friends of Walden Pond and the link: https://www.walden.org, can be reviewed to see how you can help preserve the land, literature and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility.