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
Maple Sugaring Demonstrations: The Great Swamp in Chatham offers 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 14, 15, 21, 28 and 29 and February 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.
Tap That Tree: Celebrate the start of maple sugaring season at Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit with their Tap That Tree event on January 28 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).
Tree Tapping: Head over to Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville on February 4 to learn all about the art of tree tapping. It is fun experience for the entire family.
Maple Sugaring: Tenafly Nature Center offers fun maple sugaring events 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 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Maple Sugaring: 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 18, 19, 25 and 26 and March 4, 5, 11 and 12.
Maple Sugaring: 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. Maple sugaring takes place February 18 and 25.
Sugar Maple Time Storytime: Duke Farms in Hillsborough offers an adorable and educational storytime for kids ages 3-6 called Nature Storytime for Sprouts. On February 23, 2017, 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.
Maple Sugaring Fest: Families will love Maple Sugaring Fest which takes place February 26 1pm-4pm 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).
Maple Sugaring Family Program: 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. The program takes place on March 4 from 1:30-2:30 pm.
Maple Sugar Celebration: The Maple Sugar Celebration at Duke Farms is not only FREE but it includes several demonstrations including how to tap a tree as well as how a log is turned to planks. On March 4-5, from 10 am – 2pm, you can learn a lot at this hidden treasure of New Jersey.
Maple Sugaring Brunch and Hike: On March 11, 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.
Maple Sugarin’ Open House: On March 25-26 from 10am-3pm, families can enjoy a fun day at Lusscroft Farm in Wantage. Guests will watch maple sugaring demonstrations and taste fresh syrup.
Pancake Brunch and Maple Sugaring: Tenafly Nature Center ends its maple sugaring season with an amazing pancake brunch and maple sugaring class. This event is for all ages and takes place April 2, 2017 10:30am-1pm.