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About us. . .

The Thornton W. Burgess Society is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1976 to carry on the pioneering conservation work of author/naturalist Thornton W. Burgess (1874 - 1965). Mr. Burgess, who was born and grew up in Sandwich, MA., went on to achieve national and international recognition for his children’s stories that teach lessons of conservation and love of wildlife.

Over 170 books and 15,000 stories by Burgess chronicle the tales of Peter Rabbit and his animal friends, including Jimmy Skunk, Grandfather Frog, Johnny Chuck, Sammy Jay, Reddy Fox, Hooty Owl and many others. Through these engaging stories, generations of young people have learned about the natural world and have developed an understanding of the importance of conservation of our natural resources.

The Thornton W. Burgess Society operates the Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen at 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Rte. 6A) in East Sandwich, and the East Sandwich Game Farm.  The former Thornton W. Burgess Museum in Sandwich Village is now permanently closed to the public.

Please visit our new web site loaded with pictures and the full history of the Green Briar Jam Kitchen  

  

Thornton W. Burgess Birthday Storytime
Families are invited for a special naturalist-led Story Time with live animals in honor of the 143rd  birthday of Sandwich native, author and conservationist, Thornton Waldo Burgess [1874-1965].  Join us on Saturday, January 14 at 10:30am.  Each child will receive a paperback Burgess storybook.  The fee for this special story time is $1 members and $3 non-members.
 

SATURDAY SCIENCE (AGES 6 - 12)
January 14      All About Owls      1:00pm-3:00pm   
Explore along the wooded paths for Hooty Owl’s roost.  Search for owl pellets. Examine feathers, talons and beaks of these amazing birds. Class meets at Game Farm.

Fee for each session is $22 member and $32 non-member.


WINTER  BIRDING ON THE UPPER CAPE January 21

The Thornton W. Burgess Society is offering winter birding excursions on the Upper Cape with naturalist John Hanlon. MORE


NEPTUNE RISES ON THE DUNES: THE BLIZZARD OF ’78 ON CAPE COD      Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00pm

Presented by Don Wilding, Scribe of Cape Cod Lore
On February 6-7, 1978, New England was struck by one of the greatest weather events in history, when the now-legendary “Blizzard of ’78” buried Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island with four feet of snow and 15-foot drifts. On Cape Cod it wasn’t a “snow event” but a “tidal event.” Hurricane force winds, combined with the highest new moon tides the area has even seen, carved out an entirely new landscape on the Outer Beach. Tides coming in from the ocean and bay near the Eastham rotary even turned the Outer Cape into an island for a short time as the eye of the storm passed directly over the area. Don is presently working on this subject for a book. Call to register and/or pay at the door.

Fee: Members $5 Non-members $7 Call to register


Upcoming Events

Child  Programs  
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Burgess Book Club for Children   Ages 6-12

Meets (usually) the last Friday of every month from 4:00-5:30pm at Green Briar.  Please register for each month.   

January
Chatterer the Red Squirrel

 $5 per child to cover snack.


Scouting Programs
Registration required
508-888-6870

Troops are invited to come and complete requirements for badges and patches. Space is limited, so register early. OVERNIGHTS are booking now.


Family  Programs
see Family Programs page for complete details
CRITTER CAPERS at Green Briar Fridays at 10:30am

ANIMAL STORY TIMES at GREEN BRIAR   at 10:30am



Adult Programs
Registration required
508-888-6870

Nature Walking Club
Wednesdays  - call office for info
508-888-6870


 


 

 

News

New - just released

Nature's Ambassador
The Legacy of
Thornton W. Burgess

By Christie Palmer Lowrance

Nature's Ambassador 

Book Reviews



Bird Kit

Education Kits are now available to be loaned (free of charge) to educators for a 2 week period.  The topics available are:  Birds, Mammals, Honey Bees, Endangered Species, Herps, Rocks & Minerals, Seashore Life, Dinosaurs & Fossils and Plants.


PLAN YOUR OWN PRIVATE JAM CLASS:  

Jam Class

Get together a group of 6 or more friends for your own private jam class.  Call the office for details  508-888-6870  Mary or Andrea - or - join one of our regularly scheduled adult or family jam workshops.  Jam Workshops


 

 

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Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537
508.888.6870