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
Nov 26 & 27, Dec 3 &
10 & 11, 17 & 18: COUNTRY CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Come by our Open
House at Green Briar during the weekends of Christmas in Sandwich.
Taste a sampling of our delicious Jam Kitchen products and a cup of
mulled cider. Browse among a variety of great holiday gift ideas in
the Green Briar shop offering jams, jellies, relishes, books, an
abundance of nature-related items as well as games, puppets
and toys for children. Unique handmade gifts and home decorations
created by our Green Briar Crafters will also be available.
WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
Monday, December 21
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Take part in a
Solstice Ceremony by firelight.
Then head out for a short hike to embrace the longest night of the year.
Bring flashlights and dress for the weather.
Members $4pp or $16 Family Maximum
Non-members $5pp or $20 Family Maximum.
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.
Bowser the Hound
$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