Updated for 2018!
When winter arrives, many people feel the need to hunker down inside. Well, I say get out and have fun! One way to enjoy the great outdoors this winter is to experience maple sugaring. That’s right! You can learn all about the process to make maple syrup right her in NJ. No need to travel all the way to Vermont (although that is really fun too).
New Jersey offers some fun and unique maple sugaring events. From story times to hikes to tastings, there are maple sugaring experiences the entire family will love. We enjoyed an event a couple of years ago at the Great Swamp in Chatham which we absolutely loved. We learned all about how sap is taken from the trees then turned into delicious syrup. We also explored nature and learned more about winter. We cannot wait to try more maple sugaring events this winter.
We have put together a list of amazing maple sugaring events in NJ. We will be updating it as new events arise so make sure you check back frequently or bookmark this post. If you know of any events we missed, please leave it in the comments section below and we will make sure to add it!
Amazing Maple Sugaring Events in NJ
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Duke Farms in Hillsborough offers an adorable and educational storytime for kids ages 3-6 called Nature Storytime for Sprouts. The theme is all about maple sugaring. After enjoying a story, the kids will take a short hike then learn all about the maple sugaring process. It is a true multi-sensory learning experience. This 90-minute program costs only $5/child and takes place on February 15 10am-11:30am.
If you are looking for a multi-sensory event that takes the family through the process of maple sugaring production from tree tapping to making maple sugar, then check out Duke Farms annual Sugar Maple Celebration. From nature walks to story time to eating maple themed foods in the cafe with purchase, there are plenty of hands on educational activities to keep children engaged. This FREE annual event takes place on March 3 and 4 from 10 am – 2pm.
Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
This winter head over the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge for exciting maple sugaring events. This 90-minute family experience will take guests on a journey through the maple syrup process, past and present. Families will also enjoy a 1/2 mile hike The suggested donation is only $1/person. The dates for these events are: February 17, 18, 24, 25 and March 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum hosts How Sweet It Is where families can learn how to tap a maple tree. At a small cost of $3 per person this a budget friendly activity that involves the whole family. Children will learn how to identify different types of trees. Offered on February 24 from 1-2:30 pm.
The Great Swamp, Chatham
Maple Sugaring Demonstrations at The Great Swamp in Chatham offer an amazing maple sugaring experience the entire family will love. Guests learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect the sap and make syrup over a fire. It is a fun outdoor experience that gives kids a new appreciation for nature. This event is only $3/ages 3 and up and takes place: January 20, 21, 27, 28 and February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
The Great Swamp closes out its maple sugaring season with a Maple Sugar Festival on March 3 12pm-4pm. Guests can enjoy “hikes through maple sugaring history” along with games, crafts, maple syrup snow cones, taste tests and much more. The event is only $4/person.
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Township
Step back in time at the Howell Living History Farm and learn all about the maple sugaring process. Adults and kids will explore this NJ tradition firsthand: February 24.
Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
The Public Open House is hosting a special Maple Sugaring event on March 3 from 9am-2pm where tours are offered every 20 minutes through the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation.
On February 23, a Public Maple Sap Collection will take place from 4-5:30 pm on Echo Hill. Meet at the playground and walk to the Sugar Bush. Please note advanced registration is required and the cost is $3 per person.
Lusscroft Farm, Wantage
The Maple Sugarin’ Open House is on March 24-25 10am-3pm, families can enjoy a fun day at Lusscroft Farm in Wantage. Guests will watch maple sugaring demonstrations and taste fresh syrup.
Miller Cory Museum, Westfield
This living history museum, Miller Cory Museum, promotes hands on activities and learning opportunities on Sundays throughout the winter including a special Maple Sugaring event on March 18 from 2-4 pm. There is a cost of $3-4 per person based on age.
Pyramid Mountain, Boonton
The Morris County Parks brings another wonderful Maple Sugaring Event this time on Pyramid Mountain! On March 6 from 4-5 pm, learn how to identify and tap trees, collect sap and make syrup right on your kitchen stove. Pre-registration is required and there is a small cost of $3 per person.
Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton
In the Connect with Nature program spend a winter afternoon at the Rancocas Nature Center learning about this unique industry. Tap a tree, sample some syrup and warm up by the bonfire for this multi-sensory experience. Taking place on February 18 from 1:30-3 pm.
Reeves Reed Arboretum, Summit
Celebrate the start of maple sugaring season at Reeves Reed Arboretum with Tap That Tree in Summit with their Tap That Tree event on January 27 10am-11:30am. Families will enjoy a true hands-on learning experience as they are taught how to tap a tree. Registration is required. The event is $15/child (ages 5 and up).
Families will love Maple Sugaring Fest which takes place on March 4 at Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit. The event includes a family scavenger hunt, a lesson on tapping trees, tastings and more! The event is FREE for members and nonmembers only pay $5/person ($25 max per family).
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Pennington
Families are invited to Stony Brook Millstone Watershed in Pennington to learn all about the maple sugaring process. It includes a pancake brunch served with homemade maple syrup. This event costs $20/13 years old and up, $12/ages 3-12 and children under 3 are FREE. This event takes place March 3.
Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly
Tenafly Nature Center offers fun Maple Sugaring for all ages. Guests will learn about the history of making maple syrup along with how the technology has changed. The event even includes a sweet treat! The event takes place February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Trailside Nature Center, Mountainside
A unique activity at Trailside Nature Center is a Maple Sugaring event that is after school drop off program. Children can learn about the process as well as the tools used in this process. Offered on February 15 from 3:30-4:30 pm.
Van Vleck Gardens, Montclair
Families will learn how to identify a sugar maple tree as well as how to turn sap into syrup at Van Vleck Gardens. Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended which costs $7 per person: March 3 from 1-3pm.