Read Thoreau

Cape Cod manuscript leaf in the Walden Woods Project CollectionHere are a few short readings, with discussion or journaling questions, to introduce you to Thoreau's writing. You can also find them in the Activity Guide.

Thoroughly Thoreau - Advanced Readings

  • Thoreau's Life and Writings
    Find a complete online collection of Thoreau's books, essays, poems, and letters on the main Thoreau Institute - Walden Woods Project website.

Other Suggested Environmental Reading

  • "Letter to Henry David Thoreau” by E.O. Wilson, from his Forward to The Future of Life
  • "Land Ethic” from A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  • Unbowed by Wangari Mathai
  • Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The End of Nature by Bill McKibben