Bring Your Group to Walden!

We would love to work with your group to design a visit that is specific to your interests! Please contact Whitney Retallic at to talk about organizing a field trip with the Walden Woods Project!

Walden Youth Gatherings    Youth Summit

Learn about our special student leadership events that enable students from around the world to showcase their environmental efforts and explore environmental challenges and choices around the world.

Walden Pond

About Youth Gatherings
Gatherings give students from New England and beyond who have demonstrated their passion for the environment an opportunity to converge by the shores of Walden Pond to share their work and connect with other young people around the world. Visit the Education area of our main website to learn more about recent and upcoming student gathering opportunities. You can also see see highlights from past years' events.


Summit Students at Thoreau
Authentic Walden Experience 
Walden Pond, Lincoln, MA

We organize a variety of student gatherings that bring enironmentally-energized students from around New England to Lincoln, MA, for summits, symposiums, special volunteer projects, and other leadership experiences. Gathering formats vary from 1- or 2-day retreats,  workshops, hands-on field projects, and more.

Kenya Students on Skype
Connecting Locally & Globally
Skype Calls & Project Showcase

As part of a gathering, we often connect students by Skype with students in other countries via web calls to learn about environmental issues they face and what students are doing to help protect the "Waldens" in their communities. Check out our Showcase to see some of the great work students around the world are doing.

Live Deliberately Challenge
About Student Gatherings
Who Participates

We typically work with older students - high school and college - who are involved in environmental stewardship projects or who are part of a class or group that wants to be. Sometimes we work with a select group of schools, teachers and students. For other gatherings, we've invited teachers to nominate students they feel are truly putting Thoreau's words into action.