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Thornton Burgess Society

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    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 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. NEW NEW NEW! You are now able to order jam kitchen products and books directly from our web site on a secure server. Each is on a separate shopping site because of the way we calculate the shipping charges so cannot be combined. Members now receive their 10% member discount on the Jam Kitchen products! The Society also manages the 133 acre East Sandwich Game Farm property under a lease agreement with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. This unique property is used by the Society for educational programming as well as recreationally for hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking by the public. The Thornton W. Burgess Society is supported by members and friends, fundraising events, local businesses and grants. Membership is open to all. For further information, visit the website at
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  • Events

    Wildflower Garden Walk

    Dates vary between June 5, 2024 - June 26, 2024


    Annual Strawberry Day

    June 15, 2024