Thornton W. Burgess Society

Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen

Group Tours

The Thornton Burgess Society welcomes groups to the Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen located on historic property made famous by the stories of author and naturalist Thornton W. Burgess.

The Smiling Pond


The Jam Kitchen is a "living museum" where visitors might view the cooking process first-hand depending on the time of year. The jam classes still use Ida’s recipes and prepare the jams and jellies the "old fashioned way" in the turn-of-the-century kitchen. They make mouth-watering toppings for ice cream or desserts.

The Green Briar Nature Center Jam Kitchen… “a living museum”


The gift shop is filled with delicious jam kitchen products, Thornton Burgess' children's books and a variety of nature related gifts, books and toys.

The Green Briar Nature Center Gift Shop



The Nature Center hosts a small live animal display as well as natural history related exhibits.




The Finch Brothers






Mr. Toad


You can also visit the award winning Wildflower Garden and herb garden.





Bus parking is located at the Nature Center and visitors should spend at least an hour enjoying all the sights.

For group reservations advance reservations are a must due to children's educational programs scheduled at the Nature Center during the year. A per person admission rate of $3 is charged and due at time of arrival or can be arranged by credit card payment, when the reservation is made.

Please email or call her at 508.888.6870. We look forward to working with your group.