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 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
Sept 12 & 13:
CARVER & WILDLIFE ARTS SHOW & SALE at the
Green Briar Nature Center &
Jam Kitchen from 10am to 4pm. New England’s most prestigious carvers
of birds and animals plus wildlife painters will gather at Green
Briar to show and sell their wares during our 11th annual carvers’ show.
Some will give carving demonstrations for the public.
fees benefit the educational programs of the Burgess Society.
Purchase tickets at the door. Admission: $3 members, $5 non-members
CAPE COD CRANBERRY
DAY at Green Briar from 10 am -
celebrates this native berry so
prominent in the history of Cape Cod. Green Briar celebrates
this native berry so prominent in the history of Cape Cod. See
cooking demonstrations in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen using
traditional cranberry jam and relish recipes. Enjoy a delicious
homemade cranberry dessert, clam chowder or chili served from
11am-2pm. Spend some time walking the nature trails on a fine fall
day. Fee for dessert is $4.00.
October 24: AN EVENING FOR GREEN BRIAR
AN EVENING FOR GREEN BRIAR
"Education is in our Nature"
The Ridge Club in
Cocktail Hour with Wine/Beer and Hors d’oeuvres
Music for Dancing
Buffet including Gluten Free and Vegetarian Dishes
~ Silent and Live Auctions ~
Tickets: $90 per person may be purchased
by calling 508-888-6870
Proceeds from this important fundraiser
the educational programs of the Burgess Society.
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.
Does not meet in summer
$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
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