The Thoreau Prize Honoring Dr. Jane Goodall

Sunday, July 10, 2022 - 2:30pm
Concord, MA
Jane Goodall Institute By Bill Wallauer

During the 81st Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society, we will honor Dr. Jane Goodall with the Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing.

Dr. Jane Goodall went into the forest to study the remarkable lives of chimpanzees — and she came out of the forest to save them. When she discovered that the survival of their species was threatened by habitat destruction and illegal trafficking, she developed a breakthrough approach to species conservation that improves the lives of people, animals, and the environment by honoring their connectedness to each other. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to ensure that her vision and life’s work continue to mobilize the collective power of individual action to save the natural world we all share.

The Thoreau Prize was established in 2010 by nature writer Dale Peterson. In 2020, the Thoreau Society began administering the award.

Thoreau once declared, “I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute Freedom and Wildness, as contrasted with a Freedom and Culture merely civil, — to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.”

The Thoreau Prize is a literary award granted annually to an accomplished writer in English who, with a comparable intensity, wishes to speak for nature and embodies the spirit of Thoreau as a gifted writer, insightful naturalist, and ethical thinker. Although it has traditionally been granted as a lifetime achievement award, the prize may also be given to mid-career nature writers who have demonstrated exceptional promise in any genre (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction). The award consists of $2,500 and a commemorative gift.


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