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
CAPE COD CRANBERRY
takes place at the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen on
10am to 4pm. Green Briar celebrates this native berry so prominent
in the history of Cape
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
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.
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
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
508-888-6870 to register.
Evening for Green Briar
JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 from
at The Ridge Club in
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.
Tommy and the Wishing Stone
$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