Course Description: Through the magic of Zoom, we will examine the life and times of Henry David Thoreau’s 1843 travelogue, A Walk to Wachusett. An initial classroom meeting to discuss the travelogue will prime us and set the stage. On our virtual field trip we will visit Walden Pond and other cultural locations known to Thoreau, “experience” the natural landscape as he would have seen it in Bolton and Lancaster, and culminate atop the peak of Mount Wachusett. We will spend some time with the birds, trees and plants mentioned in Thoreau’s essay and consider how the landscape has transformed since his journey and what to expect from climate change. Participants will gain an understanding of the context of the Central Massachusetts landscape in the 1840’s, compare components of the bio-fauna then and now, and come away with a list of interesting places to explore on your own.
FOR THE FIRST CLASS: Read A Walk to Wachusett, available online at http://monadnock.net/thoreau/wachusett.html
REQUIRED BOOKS: A Walk to Wachusett by Henry D. Thoreau in Littleworth, 2001.ISBN:978-1478153948.Henry David Thoreau, Collected Essays and Poems, ISBN: 978-1883011956.
INSTRUCTOR: Martha Gach is Conservation Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester and also teaches environmental science and climate change at Worcester State University. Her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is from the University of Michigan. Connecting people to landscape and how landscapes change through time have been themes in her career.
Course fee: $18.00
Zoom Link: Sent to paid and registered members before the start of course.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609