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.
Dec. 6 & 7, 13& 14,
20 &21: COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Come by our Open
House at Green Briar during the first three weekends in December.
Taste a sampling of our delicious Jam Kitchen products and a cup of
mulled cider. Browse among a variety of great holiday gift ideas in
the Green Briar shop offering jams, jellies, relishes, books, an
abundance of nature-related items as well as books, games, puppets
and toys for children. Unique handmade gifts and home decorations
created by our Green Briar Crafters are also available.
Join us for a "fun" and educational fundraiser
PROFESSIONAL CANDY CLASS/FUNDRAISER
Sunday, DECEMBER 14 11:30am - 4:00pm
Join us as renown
chocolatier/confectioner Raymond Hebert conducts a candy making
class, chocolate tasting and fine wine pairing at the Green Briar
Nature Center & Jam Kitchen. All proceeds will benefit the Thornton
Burgess Society and Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The class is
limited to the first 15 participants who send in their pre-paid
registrations to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster
(508-896-3867 ext #133).
All ingredients will be donated by Stage Stop Candy of Dennisport.
Wines donated by friends of Thornton W. Burgess Society and Liquor
'N More of South Dennis.
Participants will be able to bring home what they create just in
time for the holidays! They will
learn melting/tempering chocolate, advanced chocolate ganache,
Almond Toffee Crunch, authentic Kentucky Bourbon Balls, Old
Fashioned Puff and if time permits Cut Marshmallow.
The cost (donation) is $200 per person.
Proceeds from this fundraiser
benefit the educational programs of the Thornton Burgess Society and the Cape Cod
Museum of Natural History.
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 Bobby Raccoon
$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
Call of the Surf: The Golden Age of Surf Fishing in New England
25 through December 31
“A Meet the Collector & Gallery Tour” is scheduled for
Friday, October 17 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Out On a Limb:Bird Nests & More
The Pastel Paintings of
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