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
at Green Briar from 10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy fresh strawberries in a
homemade dessert served in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen and view
old fashioned strawberry jam making from 11am-2pm. Fee for dessert
is $4.00. Sample jam tastings in our gift shop. Browse among the
used book sale. Visit the resident animals, stroll the paths of the
Wildflower Garden or walk the trails of the Old Briar Patch.
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.
Sat. May 21 Marsh Edge Trail in
Search of Owl and Heron at the East Sandwich
ADULT / EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS
workshops are conducted by Burgess Society Education Director Mary
Beers, who is a Massachusetts DOE Professional Development Provider. A
certificate of completion is given for each workshop below.
Weathering and Erosion for Elementary Grades
explore how Earth’s materials are formed, shaped and relocated using
easy to understand hands-on classroom-ready activities. Be
prepared for indoor and outdoor explorations.
Saturday, May 21 8:30am-12:30pm FEE: $25
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