About us. . .
Thornton W. Burgess Society is a non-profit educational
organization founded in 1976 to carry on the pioneering
conservation work of author/naturalist
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
childrens 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 Thornton W. Burgess Museum
in Sandwich Village is now permanently closed to the public.
Snow Drop Tea
You are invited to a special Snowdrop Tea, at the historic home of
Eugenie and Jonathan Shaw, Sandwich Village, MA. The Tea will begin
at 2 pm with a tour of the landscaped grounds which feature drifts
of tens of thousands of snowdrops, one of largest and most extensive
collections of snowdrops in the United States. Accompanying the Tea
is a delicious abundance of American and Norwegian desserts,
prepared by Eugenie Shaw. The Tea will conclude with an auction of
rare spring bulbs and snowdrops. Each participant will receive a
gift of a snowdrop in bloom. All participant fees and auction
proceeds will entirely benefit the endowment of the Shirley Cross
Wildflower Garden of the Thornton W. Burgess Society, names that
honor Shirley Cross, a gifted botanist/gardener, and Thornton
Burgess, the nationally-famous 20th century children’s author and
environmentalist. This special Snowdrop Tea was mentioned in the
Wall Street Journal in March 2010. Seating is limited to 25 persons
on each of two days:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 and
Thursday, March 20, 2014. 2pm - 4pm (approximately)
Admission is $25.00 per person. Call 508-888-6870 for reservations.
See Child Program page for
Burgess Book Club for Children
Meets last Friday of every month from 4:00-5:30pm at Green Briar.
Please register for each month.
The Adventures of Buster Bear
$2 per child to cover snack.
are invited to come and complete requirements for badges
and patches. Space is limited, so register early. OVERNIGHTS are
see Family Programs page for complete details
CRITTER CAPERS at Green
ANIMAL STORY TIMES at
MONDAY MORNING BIRDING with
9:oo am – Noon
Call to register 208-888-6870
Nature Walking Club
Wednesdays - call office
New - just released
The Legacy of
Thornton W. Burgess
By Christie Palmer Lowrance
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:
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
Articles from our
by Mary Beers
Director of Education