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
for our fun and educational summer classes for children ages 4 to 10
Peter Rabbits Friends
Summer Programs (Ages 6-8)
Explorers Summer Programs
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.
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.
WALKS ON THE FULL MOON
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.
19 Forest to Shores of Hoxie Pond- Game Farm 7:00pm
GARDEN LITERATURE CLUB
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
Future titles TBD
Seated together in the shade of the
Complimentary cold drinks (and a goody
once we get to baking).
If raining we will meet inside.
and Jam Kitchen 6
Discovery Hill Rd, Sandwich MA 02537.
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
½ 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.
Fee: $290 for
Thornton W. Burgess Society members, $300 for non-members
508-888-6870 to register.
See Child Program page for
Burgess Book Club for Children
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.
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