Get Involved

You can help promote the life, work, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau. Please consider these possibilities:

I'd like to become a member

Membership in the Society is open to everyone. Our members come from all walks of life and include serious scholars to people looking to express or share their enthusiasm for Thoreau with others. The Society has members in every state and at least 20 countries around the world. Interest in Thoreau is growing, as the prophet of Walden is increasingly sought out for his social justice philosophy, artistry of his prose, and his prescient writing and insight into many of the dilemmas confronting us in the 21st century. Above all, Thoreau Society members appreciate that he inspires and helps us to appreciate the things that are to be most treasured. Yes, I would like to join.

I'd like to make a contribution

Making a donation is easy. The Thoreau Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. You can make your tax-deductible gift to the Thoreau Society through our secure eStore. Yes, I would like to help keep Thoreau's ideas alive.

I'd like to attend your Annual Gathering

The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering is the largest Thoreau event of the year and is open to members and the public. Nothing is more satisfying than to be in a place with others who share your interests. Our Annual Gatherings are inspirational conferences that are held each July. Learn more about the next Gathering.

I'm a member and would like to conduct an event

Thoreau is NOT just in Concord, and neither are Thoreau Society members. Events celebrating Thoreau's life and work are held in a variety of locations around the world. When we learn of them, we publicize them on this website. If you are interested in conducting an event, please email us at

I'm a member and would like to submit an article for publication

Submissions on the order of 400 to 1,000 words are invited. We are looking for personal “takes” on Thoreau, overviews, and pithy summaries rather than detailed excursions supported with secondary sources. Should initial efforts inspire longer treatment (citations allowed but not required here), longer submissions on these themes are welcome for The Concord Saunterer. Learn more about the Thoreau Society Bulletin and The Concord Saunterer. Submit your proposals to

I'm interested in volunteering

We have a small group of paid employees, and we are often in need of help from volunteers. Tasks range from stuffing envelopes for bulk mailings or staffing registration tables at our Annual Gathering. If you are interested in working with the Society collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, the Library has defined some criteria for successful volunteering. These include individual responsibility and commitment, maturity, and attention to detail. Volunteers must be personally invested in working with us to provide good service in a professional manner. The Library is unable to provide a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Individuals must be able to work independently after initial training.

Some of the many volunteer opportunities available are:

  • Scanning historical documents or photographs
  • Proofreading electronic texts
  • Clerical work: photocopying, destapling, alphabetizing, arranging, filing
  • Shelf-reading
  • Indexing
  • Creating finding aids

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above, or aren't even sure for what duties, please email us at