Snow may still be on the ground, and the temperature may seem a bit fickle but behind the scenes, maple trees are doing their magic. It’s maple sugaring season in our area and it is a fascinating process that you and your family can see firsthand at many of the area’s  environmental centers. 

A few years ago, my kids and I attended a local event which included a short hike through the woods to see the trees that were being tapped and then a brief demonstration of how sap is turned to syrup as well as a tasting. The waffles were probably their favorite part, but it truly is a fascinating process. Maple sap is actually a clear and watery substance with barely a trace of sweetness when it exits a maple tree. The sap gets boiled to make syrup and on average it takes over 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of finished maple syrup. 

Learn more about the interesting maple sugar process and view live demonstrations at nearby environmental centers. Be sure to check each destination for registration requirements and safety protocols before you go and enjoy this fun and educational activity. 

Churchville Nature Center, Churchville, PA

March 6, 2021 – Maple Sugar Day
Visitors to Churchville’s Maple Sugar Day can expect a fun day learning and seeing all of the steps that are taken to create maple syrup. Visitors move through the stations at their own pace, free, with a suggested donation.

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Peace Valley Nature Center, Doylestown, PA

March 6, 2021 – Maple Sugar Day
At Peace Valley Nature Center, participants will walk to collect sap and can see how it is boiled  to create syrup. There will be tastings of both the sap and syrup as well as waffles and ice cream with syrup available for purchase. 
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Pennypack Environmental Center, Philadelphia PA 

March 2, 2021, Mommy & Me Maple Syrup Event 
This class is geared for children 3-5 years old with a caregiver. After a short walk to discover maple trees, watch as sap is boiled to syrup. A simple craft and other sugaring activities will also be part of the day. Registration required by emailing PEC@phila.gov.

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Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, NJ

March 6-7 and 13-14, 2021
This all-ages event held on the first two weekends in March invites participants to explore the process of home maple syrup making. Advance registration is required.

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