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Maple Sugaring in New Jersey


Updated December 2013

Your family can get their sugar fix at one of these sweet maple-sugaring events this winter in New Jersey. (If you arrive home with fresh NJ maple syrup, try making one of these tasty recipes.)


Father and children tapping maple tree

Great Swamp in Chatham Township, NJ

Every Sunday and Saturday from Jan. 11 – Feb. 23 (except Jan. 18 Feb. 9)

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different syrups at the end.

On Mar. 1, check out Great Swamp's Maple Sugar Festival, and enjoy maple sugar snow cones, taste tests, crafts, games, tree tapping demos, and more.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve

Jan. 23

Listen to a short talk about maple sugaring before heading out on the property to assist with tapping the maple trees that will be used for sap collection.

On Mar. 1, come back to the Watershed Reserve for Maple Sugar Memories to revisit the tapped trees, take a maple syrup taste test challenge, and warm yourself by the fire.

Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, NJ

Every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 1 – Mar. 9

Witness how maple trees are tapped, learn about sap collecting methods from past and present, and experience the boiling process that produces NJ maple syrup. Then, take a half-mile walk to the sugar shack from the environmental center.

Tenafly Nature Center in Tenafly, NJ

Every Sunday from Feb. 2 – 23

Learn about the history of syrup making and how to identify a maple tree before checking tapped trees and making fresh, warm maple syrup. After, taste the sweet treat you've created.

Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, NJ

Feb. 20

On this Presidents' Day holiday, check out The Journey of Sap to Syrup and watch how real maple syrup is made from the sap of a New Jersey sugar maple tree. Then, find out what equipment is needed to collect sap and take part in a taste test to see if you can identify the real thing.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ

Feb. 23

Enjoy a brisk winter afternoon outdoors at Maple Sugar Fest, learning the steps involved in turning tree sap into delicious maple syrup! There will be tapping and cooking demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and taste tests.

Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ

Every Sunday from Feb. 23 – Mar. 9

This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.

Sherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, NJ

Mar. 1

Search for Red and Norway Maple trees, learn how trees are tapped, and go through the process of sugaring. Then, enjoy different types of maple sugar and make a sugar snack.

Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland, NJ

Mar. 8

Spend the day searching for trees to tap and learning how to complete sugaring. Finish off the day by sampling maple sugar and sugar snacks.

Will you be going maple sugaring in New Jersey this year? What treats do you prepare using maple syrup? 

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