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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  

Upcoming Events

Register now for our fun and educational summer classes for children ages 4 to 10

Peter Rabbits Friends Summer Programs (ages 4-5)

Discoverers Summer Programs (Ages 6-8)

Explorers Summer Programs (Ages 9-12)

August 6:   BLUEBERRY DAY at Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen from 10 am to 4 pm.  Celebrate our native blueberry at the height of the season. Enjoy a special homemade blueberry dessert served in the historic Green Briar Jam Kitchen along with a demonstration of blueberry jam making from 11am-2pm. Desserts are $4.00. Spend some time enjoying all that Green Briar has to offer.  Free admission to all.

August 10:   PETER RABBIT'S ANIMAL DAY  This popular fun day for families takes place at the Green Briar Nature Center  from 10 am - 3 pm.  Enjoy live animal exhibits, games/crafts for young children, a pet rabbit show, animal story times and personal appearances by Peter Rabbit.   Free admission for all.  

Do you have a pet rabbit?? Pet Rabbit Show: 10am to noon at Animal Day. Entry forms are available at Green Briar or by calling 508-888-6870. Forms should be submitted by August 8. 

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.

Tues July 19 Forest to Shores of Hoxie Pond- Game Farm 7:00pm


Flowers in Fiction - That will be our theme.  We will gather once a month May thru September to discuss a piece of literature that makes use of the world of flowers.  Whether growing wild or in a garden, for pleasure or poison, as background or sanctuary we will choose a novel that encourages our own setting - the Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden - and stimulate a deeper appreciation for the botanical leitmotif in literature. 

Dates -  July 20, August 17, September 14

Titles - Future titles TBD

Time - 2:15

Location - Seated together in the shade of the Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden

Complimentary cold drinks (and a goody once we get to baking).  If raining we will meet inside.  Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen 6 Discovery Hill Rd, Sandwich MA 02537.   

Please email Janice@thorntonburgess.org to sign-up




Carver Steven A. Weaver of Wakeby Wildlife Studios will offer a 3-day session for both beginner and experienced carvers on Saturday, Sunday & Monday, October 15, 16, 17 from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the Green Briar Nature Center
Project:  scale Kingfisher on a natural mount
Along with instruction the workshop includes a Kingfisher cutout, natural mount, wire legs and glass eyes.  All materials to complete the carving are supplied.  Participants will need their own knives and paint brushes.

  $290 for Thornton W. Burgess Society members, $300 for non-members
Call 508-888-6870 to register.


Upcoming Events

Child  Programs  
See Child Program page for
full details

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.   

Old Mr. Toad

 $2 per child to cover snack.

Scouting Programs
Registration required

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


Adult Programs
Registration required

Nature Walking Club
Wednesdays  - call office for info





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.


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




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