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 Thornton W. Burgess Museum
in Sandwich Village is now permanently closed to the public.
GARDEN TOUR in Sandwich from 10 am -
Sorry, the garden tour has been cancelled
due to circumstances beyond our control.
BLUEBERRY DAY at Green
Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen from 10 am to 4 pm.
Celebrate our native blueberry at the
height of the season. Enjoy a special homemade blueberry dessert
served in the historic Green Briar Jam Kitchen along with a
demonstration of blueberry jam making from 11am-2pm. Desserts are
$4.00. Spend some time enjoying all that Green Briar has to offer.
Special Demonstration from 1:00-3:00pm by P.J. Hamel, author of the
King Arthur Flour cookbooks and long-time King Arthur test kitchen
baker. Ms. Hamel demonstrates fast and easy cream shortcakes, scones
and Welsh cakes- all the perfect base for your tasty, fresh-picked
blueberries. Bring all of your baking questions for her to answer as
well. Free admission to all.
See Child Program page for
Burgess Book Club for Children
Meets last Friday of every month from 4:00-5:30pm at Green Briar.
Please register for each month.
The Adventures of Sammy Blue Jay
$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
Articles from our
by Mary Beers
Director of Education