CONCORD (WBZNewsRadio) - Over the next few days, enthusiasts of author and poet Henry David Thoreau will be communing with nature at Walden Pond.
The 81st annual gathering of the Thoreau Society celebrates Thoreau's works and life in honor of his birthday. Events include guest speakers, panel discussions, kayaking, hiking and concerts.
This year, Dr. Jane Goodall will receive the 2022 Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing. On Sunday, July 10th, she'll deliver her acceptance address in-person at Concord-Carlisle High School. The event is open to the public and can also be viewed online via Zoom live-stream.
The Thoreau Society writes: "Dr. Jane Goodall went into the forest to study the remarkable lives of chimpanzees--and she came out of the forest to save them."
Goodall went on to develop a breakthrough approach to species conservation and in 1977 founded the Jane Goodall Institute to continue "Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals.”
The annual award was established in 2010 by Dale Peterson. It honors a writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry works whose work embodies Thoreau's legacy.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports