Get Involved


It’s that simple.

You can help add an audio-visual dimension to an international reader’s experience of Walden merely by reading a passage of Thoreau’s book while videoing a relevant feature near Walden Pond.

Every video is an interpretation.  We all connect text with place in different ways.  How do you see Walden Pond?

To share a video, just follow these steps:

1.) Visit Walden Pond, or a relevant feature near Concord that’s mentioned in Walden.

2.) Select a descriptive passage from Walden and search for a spot near the pond that illustrates that passage in some way.  Is there a particular natural object mentioned?  A part of Thoreau’s cabin?  A specific animal?

3.) Point your camera at the scene you’ve selected, hit “record,” and slowly read aloud the relevant passage from Walden.  Be sure to linger on the scene even after you’re done reading, so viewers have time to take in the sights and sounds.  Although videos range from a few seconds to a couple minutes, you can make your video as long or short as you want.

4.) Upload your video to YouTube.  Be sure to indicate the CHAPTER TITLE and THE FIRST FEW WORDS OF THE PASSAGE in your video title [E.g. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“A lake is the landscape’s…”]].  That way, viewers can easily locate what part of Walden you’re illustrating.  Lastly, ADD THE PASSAGE to the YouTube description section, so readers can follow along [E.g. “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).].

5.) Copy and paste the link of your YouTube video to the appropriate comment section in “Walden Alive.”  That is, navigate to the digital chapter where your passage comes from, and place your link in the comments section of that chapter.

Thank you for enriching the reading experience of every reader who’s never had the chance to physically visit Walden Pond.




One thought on “Get Involved

  1. “So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity”. I suspect “green blade” signifies struggles against social ailments. All humans are mortal, but humans’ efforts in advancing society and seeking hopes are eternal. Thoreau is undoubtedly optimistic at this point.


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