About World Wide Waldens

Students in PakistanWorld Wide Waldens helps young people reflect on their environment ethic - where it came from and where it's going - so they can develop an ethical compass that will help them navigate environmental issues and decisions for a life to come.

The program starts with a simple idea, inspired by Henry David Thoreau: Places like his beloved Walden Pond are essential. They connect us to nature and inspire us to think deeply about how we live, our values, and our role as humans in an astonishing and vital natural world.

We all have "Waldens." Every community does.

There are a number of ways to participate in Worldwide Waldens:

  • Do something to help a "walden" near you and share your story in our Project Showcase.
  • Explore your environmental ethic using activities featured in the Worldwide Waldens Environmental Ethic Exploration Activity Guide (pdf).
  • Invite us to lead a workshop for teachers on how to help young people explore and nurture their environmental ethic.
  • Participate in the annual Live Deliberately Essay contest.
  • Join us for the annual Youth Leadership Summit by the shores of Walden Pond.

Students ages 13-24 from any country in any educational setting -- school, college, club, home school, community service or independent project, etc. -- are welcome to participate.

Need more information? Download a Program Overview (pdf) or download the Worldwide Waldens Activity Guide.

The Walden Woods Project Team

Walden Woods Project StaffOur staff, based in Lincoln, MA, around a bend and up the hill from Walden Pond, is a multitalented, multidisciplinary group that brings together conservationists, activists, Thoreau historians, and education specialists. As a result, World Wide Waldens participants have access to some of the world's best Thoreau resources and expertise on how to introduce Thoreau's ideas to young people and use his writing to spark environmental action. The Walden Woods Project is the also hub of a extensive network of environmental activists and experts we tap for special features like Ask the Expert on the Worldwide Waldens website, the Walden Web Summit and other activities.

The Walden Woods Project/Thoreau Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the land, legacy and literature of Henry David Thoreau and fostering an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. It was founded in 1990 by Eagles musician and recording artist Don Henley.