Henry David Thoreau was known to have grown the sweetest, juiciest watermelons in Concord. Every year, he shared his harvest with friends and family. As we continue this tradition, enjoy a slice of melon with historian Richard Smith who will portray Thoreau at the Thoreau house replica, located next to the parking lot. This program is for visitors of all ages.
Since 1997, over 400 area children have participated in the Walden Pond Junior Ranger program. The program introduces children to the outdoors, the ideas of Henry David Thoreau, creates friendships, and brings families together. Activities include hiking, natural history, wildlife and tree identification, ponding, journaling, and cultural history.
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord
Writer/editor Richard Higgins weaves together selections from Thoreau’s writing with his own photographs, Thoreau’s sketches, and photographs by the great landscape photographer Herbert Wendell Gleason to explore the writer’s passion for trees, how he saw them and his imaginative response to them.
Join local historians Tom Blanding and Richard Smith for this popular annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King, and the legacy of Thoreau’s essay, CivilDisobedience, first published as Resistance to Civil Government in 1849.