Cape Cod Museum of Natural History to Acquire Burgess Nature Center in Sandwich


BREWSTER – In a unanimous vote, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has acquired the Thornton W. Burgess/Green Briar Nature Center in Sandwich.

The vote between boards of trustees of both the museum and nature center have created a coalition of nature centers from Sandwich to the Outer Cape.

Under the terms of the agreement, the names, identities and signage of both organizations will be preserved in an effort to enrich existing programs. It will also integrate new programs at the Sandwich and Brewster campuses.

“The importance of this is getting back into the education programs and really reaching out to folks to understand the importance of the environment, the conservation movement, and just really taking care of the creatures out there,” said Museum President Robert Dwyer.

“What we’re hoping is that we’ll bring some of the Burgess programs up to us, especially Burgess and some of his characters, and offer to our members and our visitors the very distinct programs that Burgess has.”

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History was founded in 1954 and owns over 80 acres of open space off of Route 6A in Stony Brook Valley.

The Thompson W. Burgess Society, the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen were both founded in 1976 and sit on two and a half acres off of Route 6A.

Dwyer says under the acquisition, the Burgess Board of Trustees will join the existing museum board.

“There will be one board. We will be bringing the folks over at Burgess to the museum board. They will become equal players with our board members,” he said.

The acquisition will formally take effect once legal documents of the Asset Purchase Agreement are complete.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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