“Whitman Woods” Mission

Distill art, nature, history and science into a living land legacy that will preserve precious passive open space in perpetuity, serve as an open classroom and pay homage to the iconic American poet Walt Whitman.

A path in the woodsWalt Whitman took great joy in walking the banks of Laurel Lake in Laurel Springs, New Jersey. The influences of the Natural World he encountered resonate through the centuries in his most legendary works (including Specimen Days and portions of Leaves of Grass). After an exhaustive search for the optimal conservation steward, North American Land Trust (NALT) is poised to establish “Whitman Woods” in densely populated Camden County.

Securing private funding for NALT stewardship will be a profoundly organic conservation solution for the last remnant of undeveloped woodland along a lakeshore where Whitman found enduring inspiration and bald eagles now forage. The towering old growth canopy that distinguishes the 3.5-acre site provides the desired ambiance for a passive woodland park with lake frontage affording the only formal public access to Laurel Lake. You, too, “may contribute a verse …

“The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

— Walt Whitman

“Whitman Woods” trail photograph by Dan Merton