Updated for 2020!
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
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 $4/ages 3 and up and takes place every Saturday and Sunday January 18 – March 8. The Great Swamp closes out its maple sugaring season with a Maple Sugar Festival in early March. 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.
Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation
On January 25, Maple Tree Tapping will take place from 1-2:30 pm on Echo Hill. Participants will meet at the playground and walk to the Sugar Bush. Please note advanced registration is required and the cost is $3 per person. Maple Sap Collection is another fun experience for families at Echo Hill. This will take place at the same location as Tree Tapping and takes place on February 8.
The public Open House is hosting a special Maple Sugaring event on March 14 from 9am-2pm where tours are offered every 20 minutes through the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation.
Reeves Reed Arboretum, Summit
Celebrate the start of maple sugaring season at Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit with their Tap That Tree event on January 25 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 also love Maple Sugaring Fest which takes place on March 1 1pm-4pm. 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).
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
On February 15, Duke Farms in Hillsborough offers their annual Sugar Maple Celebration, a multi-sensory event that takes the family through the process of maple sugaring production from tree tapping to making maple sugar. 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 is a FREE annual event.
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 every Saturday and Sunday February 15 – March 15.
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.
Pyramid Mountain, Boonton
The Morris County Parks brings another wonderful Maple Sugaring Event this time on Pyramid Mountain! In early March, guests will 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. Date and time to be announced soon.
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 every Saturday February 2 – March 22. On March 29, guests can also enjoy a Pancake Brunch and Maple Sugaring.
The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho Kus
Enjoy a fun maple sugaring event at The Hermitage Museum on February 15 1pm-4pm. Families will learn how Native Americans and colonists tapped trees and collected sap to make maple syrup. Participants will even get their own tap to take home. Admission is $25/family and $15/individual, and it includes a guided tour of the National Historic Landmark.
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 $22/13 years old and up, $15/ages 3-12 and children under 3 are FREE. This event takes place February 29. There is also a Maple Sugaring Scout Event on February 22 that is only $5/scout.
Trailside Nature and Science 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. Date and time to be announced soon.
Van Vleck Gardens, Montclair
On February 22 (1pm-4pm), families will learn how to identify a sugar maple tree as well as how to turn sap into syrup at Van Vleck Gardens. Event includes tour, demonstration and tastings. Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended which costs $25/family members and $40/family nonmembers or $10/member and $15/nonmember.
Schiff Nature Center, Mendham
On March 1 (1pm-4pm), head over to the Schiff Nature Center for their Maple Sugaring Open House. Guests will enjoy a hands-on learning adventure as they learn how maple sugar is made from finding and tapping a tree to collecting the sap to watching the sap evaporate. Guests will also get to sample the final product. This event is FREE for members and $4 for nonmembers or $15/family of 4. Registration is required.
Lusscroft Farm, Wantage
The Maple Sugarin’ Open House is on March 23-24 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 22 from 2-4 pm. There is a cost of $3-4 per person based on age.