"to inspire reverence for wildlife and concern for the natural environment"

Green Briar Nature Center  Green Briar Jam Kitchen East Sandwich Game Farm


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The Thornton Burgess Society
appreciates the support of the
MassCultural Council
Green Briar Nature Center
& Jam Kitchen
of the Thornton W. Burgess Society
Our Mission:  "to inspire reverence for wildlife and concern for the natural environment as taught in the writings of conservationist and naturalist Thornton W. Burgess"

Upcoming Events


Volunteer Fair at Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen

Continuing in the spirit of Thornton W. Burgess at the Smiling Pool in E. Sandwich, we are presenting your favorite oldies and exciting new programs. Come find out how YOU can make a difference in one or more of these important areas and add YOUR smile to the Smiling Pool! Monday April 30, 2018      10:30am-12pm.

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Bluebell Tea

Wednesday, May 9,  2pm
Arrive at 2pm for a guided tour of the award-winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden with an emphasis on Bluebells, both English and Virginia. Enjoy rose tea and a catered tea sandwich and dessert menu inside the nature center.   
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Wildflower Plant Sale

Saturday, May 19   9am - 2 pm
Select from a limited number of true wildflowers, native and naturalized, dug from the nature centerís award-winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden. Also offered are perennials, annuals, small ornamental trees and shrubs, full sun, full shade and wet area choices.
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Looking for Plant Donations.....

Nature Club

Join us for an in-depth adult natural history course. Each month, we will explore a seasonal natural history topic, with a local naturalist/ citizen scientist. 
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Nature Club Syllabus

Adult Programs

WEDNESDAY WILDFLOWER GARDEN TOURS   This adult program is offered every Wednesday morning at 10am in June, July and August in the award-winning Shirley G. Cross Wildflower Garden at Green Briar.  More Information

TUESDAY TWEETS - ADULT/FAMILY   This Bird Watching Walk and Talk is offered on the following Tuesday mornings from 11:00am to 12:30pm:  June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 24, August 21 and August 28. 
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Family Programs

MONDAY TAILS & TRAILS - FAMILY   This family program meets each Monday from 11am to Noon from June 4 through August 27.  More Information

TUESDAY TWEETS - ADULT/FAMILY   This Bird Watching Walk and Talk is offered on the following Tuesday mornings from 11:00am to 12:30pm:  June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 24, August 21 and August 28.
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BIRD WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS  This family program is offered on the following Thursday mornings from 11:00am to 12:30pm: June 28, July 19 and August 16. 
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Jam workshops

Strawberry Join us in the historic 1903 Green Briar Jam Kitchen and make your own batch of something special for your table or to give as a gift. All materials are provided, and participants take home four to six (6oz.) jars of finished product. More Information

Child Programs

Tails & Trails Listen to a story and visit with a live animal, then venture out on the woodsy trails of Green Briar, in search of critter clues. Walk is rain or shine.
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bug hotels

Bug Hotels is a program for children ages 5 & up  Wednesdays from 11:00am to 12:30pm
June 27, July 11, July 25, August 15 and August 22.  
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Child  Programs  
See Child Program page for
full details

Scouting Programs
Registration required

Troops are invited to come and complete requirements for badges and patches. Space is limited, so register early.

Family  Programs
see Family Programs page for complete details

Green Briar

Fridays at 11am
note new time





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,  Plants and Earth Sciende.


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 - or - join one of our regularly scheduled adult or family jam workshops.  Jam Workshops





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