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Family  Programs

~ONGOING~ drop in programs

CRITTER CAPERS at GREEN BRIAR

Drop in for a half-hour visit with a naturalist and one of the resident animals. Learn about life cycles, habits and habitats. Suitable for families with children ages 2 ½ and up.  Advance registration is not required.

FRIDAYS at 10:30am (year-round)  Members: Free    Non-members: $2 per person


BURGESS  STORY TIMES at GREEN BRIAR   - Drop by and join a Society naturalist for a lively story of “Peter Rabbit” and friends and a visit with one of the nature center’s resident animals. Suitable for families with children ages 2 ½ and up. Advance registration is not required.
Saturdays at 10:30am (Year-round)
Members: Free         Non-members: $2 per person



FAMILY PROGRAMS DURING SCHOOL VACATION WEEKS


 FAMILY BIRD HIKES - Suitable for families with children ages 4 and up. 

Thursday, April 20            Birds of the Briar Patch                         8:00am-10:00am

 Fee: Members $4pp or $16 Family Maximum
 Non-members $5pp or $20 Family Maximum


FULL MOON WALKS FOR FAMILIES AND ADULTS
Join a Society naturalist for a nighttime hike along trails and pond edge as we search for sight or sound of creatures of the dusk and dark.  Practice your screech owl call or fox bark.  Listen for cricket chirps to count and calculate the air temperature.  Expand your hearing with homemade sound catchers. Each walks last approximately 1.5 hours. Suitable for ages 4 and up.    Pre-registration is required.

June 9                 Strawberry Moon     7:00-8:30pm        Game Farm/Talbot’s Point
July 9                  Buck Moon                 8:00-9:30pm        Briar Patch
August 7            Sturgeon Moon          8:00-9:30pm       Game Farm
September 6    Harvest Moon            7:00-8:30pm        Briar Patch
 
Members: Adult $5 Child $3 Family Maximum $16
Non-Members: Adult $6 Child $4 Family Maximum $20


NATURE JOURNALING FOR FAMILIES
Join artist, writer and nature journalist Mary Richmond for a fun late afternoon class creating a nature journal. Designed for families, this outdoor class will be a walk and draw type of class. Small sketchbook, pencil and colored pencils are recommended. Suitable for adult and child ages 7 and up.

Saturdays, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 12, Sept. 16 from 3:30-5:00pm
(These are one day classes. Fees are per class.)
Fee: 1 adult & 1child $25, 1 adult & 2 children $30, Family of 4 $35


FAMILIES WITH TENTS CAMP OUT AT GREEN BRIAR
Families are invited to spend a summer overnight at Green Briar Nature Center. Enjoy a night hike, owl calling, storytelling, s’more roasting and camp song singing never far from a flush toilet. Sunday morning enjoy a pancake breakfast and a visit with our animals before heading home.

Dates: July 1–2 or August 12-13
Time: Set Up is after 6:00pm. Naturalist-led Programs begin at 7:00pm.
Tents down Sunday Morning by 9:00am.
Ages: Families with children ages 3 and up.
Fee: Adult Member $20 Adult Non-Member $25
Child Member $15 Child Non-Member $20


PRIVATE POND PADDLING:
TURTLE CATCHING, FISH JUMPING TOURS BY CANOE
Have you ever wondered what lies beyond your sight from the pond edge at Green Briar?  Would you like to explore the secret coves and corners of the “Smiling Pool” pond while being steered and schooled by a staff naturalist?  Reserve your 1.5 hour private tour in our stable canoe-catamaran for up to 8 people any Monday afternoon from July 3 through August 21. All equipment is provided including life vests, capture nets and trays. Suitable for ages 3 and up with adult. Call to register in advance.  

Mondays, July 3 – August 21 from 3:00-4:30pm
Fee is $75

 

HAVE A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY at Green Briar

Have a fun and educational birthday party at Green Briar. Choose from live animals, fairy houses, jam or candy making, canoeing, "arty" party, and more! We provide a one to two hour program with a naturalist with an additional hour allowed for "party" time. You provide all the party-related food and items. Fees vary with the program selected and are based on 10 participants. Additional fees are charged for additional participants. Parties are scheduled through the Education Department by calling 508-888-6870 or email mary.beers@thorntonburgess.org

 

 

 

 

info@thorntonburgess.org

Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537
508-888-6870