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

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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  


 June 13:  STRAWBERRY DAY 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.

June 26: ANNUAL MEETING at Green Briar at 6pm
The Annual Meeting of the Thornton W. Burgess Society will be held in the Putnam Education Building at Green Briar. All members are invited. Program and light refreshments will follow a brief meeting. Please call the office at 508-888-6870 for further details

BIRD CARVING WORKSHOP JUNE 27, 28, 29       9am-5pm
Carve and paint a half scale Baltimore Oriole, presented on a carved base during this three day workshop (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) led by Carver Steven A. Weaver of Wakeby Wildlife Studios. The workshop includes the following materials: rough cutout of the half size Baltimore Oriole, base to carve, glass eyes, material for legs,sandpaper and paint. Bring sharp knives, paint brushes (#2, #3, and #5 Kolinski) and a hair dryer. Knives and brushes are available for purchase at the workshop for those who need them. This workshop is offered to both beginner and advanced carvers.    FEE: Members: $290 Non-members: $300

Upcoming Events

Child  Programs  
See Child Program page for
full details

Burgess Book Club for Children   Ages 6-12

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

The Adventures of Old Mr. Buzzard May

 $2 per child to cover snack.

Scouting Programs
Registration required

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


Adult Programs
Registration required

Nature Walking Club
Wednesdays  - call office for info





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.


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




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