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An education, wild and free

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you gave yourself permission to do whatever you wanted for a year? For most people, this is an alluring, but terrifying thought. What if it turns out I’m just as lazy as I fear? What if I’m not good at anything? What about my future? ​ But what if… What if you discovered something amazing about yourself? What if you realized you are more resilient and resourceful than you thought? What if you could live the life you have imagined?

Isn’t it worth finding out?

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

(Henry David Thoreau)

For nearly two decades, The Walden Project has provided students in Vermont with a totally unique educational experience. As of 2018, this highly acclaimed program is now in New York State!

 

The Walden Project is a full-time educational program in Naples, New York where students explore the three fundamental questions that guided Henry David Thoreau during his sojourn to Walden Pond: What is my relationship to myself? What is my relationship to my culture? What is my relationship to the natural world?

 

This program provides high school and gap year students the opportunity for an interdisciplinary education in an outdoor setting where they develop their own personal philosophy and individual approach to learning. With a high emphasis on academic independence and freedom, this program has proven results that have helped prepare students for college and beyond.

The Walden Project - Vermont was featured as one of NPR's top innovative schools. Listen to the story here.

The George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia wrote a great article about The Walden Project - Vermont. 

The Walden Project - Vermont was featured in The Huffington Post's article These 12 Awesome Schools Could Change The Way You Think About Public Education

Watch teachers, Andy and Janean, discuss The Walden Project - NY on the FLX1 Podcast

The documentary, Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul features The Walden Project - Vermont, alongside Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, E.O. Wilson, and Bill McKibben.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you gave yourself permission to do whatever you wanted for a year? For most people, this is an alluring, but terrifying thought. What if it turns out I’m just as lazy as I fear? What if I’m not good at anything? What about my future? ​ But what if… What if you discovered something amazing about yourself? What if you realized you are more resilient and resourceful than you thought? What if you could live the life you have imagined?

Isn’t it worth finding out?

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

(Henry David Thoreau)

For nearly two decades, The Walden Project has provided students in Vermont with a totally unique educational experience. As of 2018, this highly acclaimed program is now in New York State!

 

The Walden Project is a full-time educational program in Naples, New York where students explore the three fundamental questions that guided Henry David Thoreau during his sojourn to Walden Pond: What is my relationship to myself? What is my relationship to my culture? What is my relationship to the natural world?

 

This program provides high school and gap year students the opportunity for an interdisciplinary education in an outdoor setting where they develop their own personal philosophy and individual approach to learning. With a high emphasis on academic independence and freedom, this program has proven results that have helped prepare students for college and beyond.

The Walden Project - Vermont was featured as one of NPR's top innovative schools. Listen to the story here.

The George Lucas Foundation's Edutopia wrote a great article about The Walden Project - Vermont. 

The Walden Project - Vermont was featured in The Huffington Post's article These 12 Awesome Schools Could Change The Way You Think About Public Education

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Watch teachers, Andy and Janean, discuss The Walden Project - NY on the FLX1 Podcast

Walden Student Spotlight

Walden - NY student, Elly Short, earns an academic scholarship to Sterling College in Vermont. Read the full story here.

Read about Abhainn Bajus's incredible journey from homeschooling to The Walden Project and on to public school neat year.

Check out the incredible wood-canvas canoe Finn Ward built from scratch as an independent project at The Walden Project - NY.

Walden's Service Learning inspired Abe Simmons to sign up for disaster relief in Florida next year with  Hands & Hearts

ABOUT US

The Walden Project - New York is a one-year educational program for high school and gap year students that is based on Henry David Thoreau's Walden

ADDRESS

(585) 317-5261

The Walden Project - NY

6472 Gulick Road

Naples, NY 14512

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