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Fridays 4:00pm-5:30pm

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Old Mother West Wind in 2010, we introduced a nature book club for young readers, which meets on the last Friday of each month. Please register for each month. Call to receive the title of the book to be discussed.
Cost to cover refreshments is $2 per month. BOOK CLUB DOES NOT MEET IN JULY AND AUGUST.
Click for the Book of the Month List.

Saturdays 1:00pm-3:00pm                                       AGES 6-12
Discover the amazing world of insects and other arthropods through a hands-on traveling bug club. Meet on the following dates to hunt for bugs in forest, marsh, meadow and pond. Class is limited to 10 participants. Some meetings will involve transportation by van from Green Briar to other sites.
  April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, Sept. 13
Members: $12 Non-members: $15 (per session)

Sandwich Schools Half Day NATURE AND SCIENCE
Students in Grades K – 4 are invited to come to Green Briar on the following Early Release Days for an awesome afternoon of fun exploration with our Education Staff. Meet live animals, create and explore incredible and amazing science “stuff” like slime and home made rockets.
1:00 – 4:00pm on the following days:

April 9 and 10 (Wednesday & Thursday)
May 7 (Wednesday)

Members: $30 Non-members: $35 (per session)


Saturday, April 19     1:00pm – 2:30pm                   FAMILY
BIRD NESTS and TRUFFLES CANDY CLASS - Families work together to create two lovely delicious and edible creations. Create bird nests using butterscotch morsels and chow mein noodles to fill with candy eggs. Shape delicious chocolate truffles to place in colorful papers.
Member Families: $20 Non-Member Families: $25

Monday, April 21     9:30-Noon                                 AGES 4-7
BIRDS and BULBSE - xplore the birds at our feeder station and along the wooded paths. Learn how to use binoculars. Decorate a flower pot and plant a spring bulb to take home.
Members: $25 Non-Members: $30

Tuesday, April 22     EARTH DAY  9:30- 11:30am   FAMILY
BIRD HOUSE CRAFT and HIKE - Work to put together a pre-cut wooden Chickadee house to bring home and place outside. Then head out with a naturalist along the trails to learn about native spring and year round bird residents.
Member Family: $30 Non-Member Family: $35

Tuesday, April 22     1:00 – 3:30pm                          AGES 8-12
WEATHER OR NOT - Try not to be “blown away” as you explore the wonders of weather. Learn what makes winds, clouds and precipitation. Discover how the water cycle works and conduct some cool weather experiments.
Members: $25 Non-Members: $30

Wednesday, April 23     1:00 – 3:30pm              AGES 4-8
FROGGY FROLIC - Hike out to small woodland ponds where Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs spend time in the spring. Meet awesome live frogs and salamanders and look for eggs in the water. Wear waterproof boots if you have them for this wet class.
Members: $25 Non-Members: $30

Wednesday, April 23     1:00 – 3:30pm                AGES 8-12
AMPHOMANIAExplore the temporary breeding pools of our native springtime amphibians. Hunt for Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders and look for eggs in the water. Wear waterproof boots if you have them for this wet class.
Members: $25 Non-Members: $30

Thursday, April 24        9:30–Noon                       AGES 8-12
POND-GO CANOE EXPLORE - Paddle around the Smiling Pool in search of turtles and early emerging frogs. Take pond samples with a plankton net to bring back to the LAB for microscopic exploration. Be amazed by the incredible insect life found in the cold spring water.
Members: $25 Non-Members: $30

Friday, April 25           9:30–Noon                          AGES 4-8
DINOSAURS & FOSSILS - Explore the life of dinosaurs using fossil replicas and actual rock fossils. Use plastic models to see the different body shapes and sizes of some incredible prehistoric creatures. Create clay dino eggs and predict if your eggs will be covered by “lava” as we explode a model volcano.
Members: $25 Non-Members: $30

SMALL DECK BOX with KITCHEN HERBS      Ages 8 and up
Learn how to use delicious plants for cooking and eating. Everyone works together to create 2 simple and delicious recipes to eat for snack. Paint and plant your own small herb garden box to take home and enjoy. All materials, including herbs, provided.
Saturday, JUNE 21 1:00 - 3:00pm
Members: $20 Non-Members: $25

FAIRY TEA and BASKET GARDEN                   Ages 8 and up
Come enjoy a simply elegant and delicious Tea with sandwich wedges, fresh fruits and desserts while you listen to a reading of Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane. Then visit our Wildflower Garden for inspiration before creating your own special basket of blooms to take home. All materials including plants included. Aprons recommended for the elegantly dressed.
Sunday, JULY 20 3:00 - 4:30pm
Members: $20 Non-Members: $25


Canoe Class

Tide Pool Class

Critter Capers

Craft Class










Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537