"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
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About us. . .

The Thornton W. Burgess Society is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1976 to carry on the pioneering conservation work of author/naturalist Thornton 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 children’s 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 Kitchen  



October 1:  CAPE COD CRANBERRY DAY takes place at the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen on Saturday, October 1 from 10am to 4pm.  Green Briar celebrates this native berry so prominent in the history of Cape Cod with cooking demonstrations in its historic 1903 Jam Kitchen using traditional cranberry jam and relish recipes.  Come by and enjoy a homemade cranberry dessert, clam chowder or chili served from 11am to 2pm in the kitchen for a $4 fee.  Activities include a special story time for families at 10:30am and guided tours of a neighboring cranberry bog at 11:30am and 1:30pm.  Fees for the bog tour are $3 per person or $5 per family.  Children are free.  From 10am to 1pm author Ed Lodi is on hand to sign copies of Marmalade and Murder, the first book in his celebrated Cranberry Country Mystery Series, which are set on the cranberry bogs of Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.  Jim Coogan will also be there to sign his books.  Visitors may also browse among the used book sale, view the gallery exhibits and check out the nature centerís resident animals.  Green Briarís unique gift shop offers jams, jellies and preserves made here as they have been for over 100 years as well as a variety of nature-related items including books, jewelry, t-shirts, toys and gifts for children.  All proceeds support the environmental education programs of the Thornton W. Burgess Society and its GreenBriarNatureCenter.


  

BIRD CARVING WORKSHOP

Carver Steven A. Weaver of Wakeby Wildlife Studios will offer a 3-day session for both beginner and experienced carveron Saturday, Sunday & Monday, October 15, 16, 17 from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the Green Briar Nature Center
Project:  Ĺ 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
Call 508-888-6870 to register.
 


Evening for Green Briar 
JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 from 5:30pm-9:00pm
at The Ridge Club in South Sandwich

More Information...

 


Upcoming Events

Child  Programs  
See Child Program page for
full details

Burgess Book Club for Children   Ages 6-12

Meets (usually) the last Friday of every month from 4:00-5:30pm at Green Briar.  Please register for each month.   

September
Tommy and the Wishing Stone

 $2 per child to cover snack.


Scouting Programs
Registration required
508-888-6870

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


Family  Programs
see Family Programs page for complete details
CRITTER CAPERS at Green Briar Fridays at 10:30am

ANIMAL STORY TIMES at GREEN BRIAR   at 10:30am



Adult Programs
Registration required
508-888-6870

Nature Walking Club
Wednesdays  - call office for info
508-888-6870


 


 

 

News

New - just released

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 and Plants.


PLAN YOUR OWN PRIVATE JAM CLASS:  

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  Mary or Andrea - 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
508.888.6870