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
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)
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.
January 14 All About Owls
each session is $22 member and $32 non-member.
WINTER BIRDING ON THE UPPER CAPE
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.
Members $5 Non-members $7 Call 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.
Chatterer the Red Squirrel
$5 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