Get Involved

You can help promote the life, work, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau:

In addition to joining the Society, please consider these possibilities:

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  • Scanning historical documents or photographs
  • Proof-reading electronic texts
  • Clerical work: photocopying, de-stapling, 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 e-mail us at

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.  Click here for more information 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 web site.  If you are interested in conducting an event, please e-mail us at

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

Submit your proposals to

Thoreau Society Bulletin Call for Papers

"Read not the Times. Read the Eternities." 

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Henry D. Thoreau as Proto-ecologist, Reformer, and Visionary

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Thoreau Society, The Thoreau Society Bulletin over will publish a variety of short pieces celebrating the many different Thoreaus that we have come to know in the 75-year history of the Society. Short articles by scholars and enthusiasts are welcome on themes encompassing the main fields of thought and action in which Thoreau’s legacy is widely perceived. 

Submissions on the order of 400–1,000 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.

To learn more about the Thoreau Society Bulletin, click here.  To find out about the Concord Sauntererclick here.

After learning about the Thoreau Society, its events, activities, and publications, 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 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'm grateful for the work that the Thoreau Society is doing and would 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.