The Green Briar Nature Center is a sanctuary of peace and beauty. It is located on the shores of the Smiling Pool and next to the famous "briar patch" written about by children's author Thornton Burgess, a Sandwich native. Born in 1874, Mr. Burgess wrote 170 books, including the classics Old Mother West Wind and The Adventures of Peter Cottontail. The conservation area includes 57 acres and includes forest, the pond, swamplands, a wildflower garden, and nature trails. Today was a spectacularly beautiful day, mild in temperature, so I walked all the nature trails in the conservation area. They ran up and down some hills, around the pond, through the woods, and past the marsh and swamp areas. So pretty, quiet, and peaceful! I am pretty sure I saw Peter Cottontail (or one of his relatives)jumping through the briar patch, and I know I saw a fish jump in the Smiling Pool. The flowers were blooming and, in the Jam Kitchen, they were sharing lots of tasty samples of the home made jams and jellies created in the old fashioned kitchen where jams have been made since 1903!