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Annual Auction:  Thanks to all who helped make The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust's annual fund-raising auction a success! Remember that opportunities to contribute to our educational mission don't end along with the auction.  Please become a member or make a donation now. Learn more»

Waden Pond Visitor Center

Take Note: New Visitor Center at Walden Pond

The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation is moving forward with a new Visitor Center at Walden Pond State Reservation, but you will be able to purchase books and gifts at the Shop at Walden Pond either on the ground or on the web during construction.  Learn more»

From the Blog
Detail, John James Audubon, “Spruce Grouse (Canachites canadensis),” original watercolor for plate no. 176, from Birds of America

John James Audubon, who inspired Thoreau to write his rapturous ode to the "Natural History of Massachusetts," had his own experiences in the Maine Woods. Fourteen years before Henry David Thoreau climbed Mount Katahdin, and twenty-five years before his travels on the Allegash and Penobscot Rivers, John James Audubon and his family, who were traveling in search of northern birds and subscribers to The Birds of America (1827-1838), spent several weeks in rural Maine...

Walden Pond

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the fourth annual Thoreau Society Short-Term Research Fellowships. Recipients will receive $500 towards travel and research expenses at archives in the Greater Boston area on Thoreau-related projects, as well as free attendance at the Thoreau Society 2015 Annual Gathering in Concord, MA in July.