Have you tried maple sugaring? This sweet family-friendly event is only around for a few months of the year when evening temps are below freezing and the day’s temps are above freezing. At most of these spots, you’ll learn how to tap a tree, collect the maple sugar water and then get a lesson on how that is turned into the delicious syrup you can pour on your pancakes. Make sure you check dates, times and weather before you head out.

The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation
150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood
The New Weis Center offers a traditional maple sugaring program which includes a short winter tree walk, evaporator and syrup tasting. On January 30, sign up for a one-time opportunity to join the educators as they set up for the maple sugaring programs and help make evergreen needle tea. Adults are invited to a Maple Sugaring & Bonfire Social on March 3.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve in Pennington
31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington
Head to the Watershed Center on February 10 or 24 and you’ll learn about the science and history behind maple sugaring. There are three different time slots to register for and this event is for ages 5 and up.

Lorrimer Sanctuary
790 Ewing Ave., Franklin Lakes
Join an NJ Audubon naturalist on February 10 for a fun look into the process behind making maple syrup. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, find out how maple sap (and eventually syrup) was discovered, collect sap and practice tapping a tree yourself.


Howell Living History Farm 
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Twp. 
Learn about the traditional and modern ways of tapping sugar maples, smell and see how they that gets turned into syrup and help collect sap. The farm also has animals and other weekly activities. Special events are planned for February 3, 17 and 24.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp.
This program held entirely outdoors will show you how to identify and tap maple trees, plus collect sap and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator.

Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Pkwy. West, Hillsborough
Visit a sugarbush to see how trees are tapped for sap, then explore the process of making maple syrup and why it is a seasonal favorite. This walk-and-talk program is perfect for anyone age 8+.

Happy Day Farm
102 Iron Ore Rd., Manalapan
Happy Day reopens in March for its maple sugaring event. Help Farmer Tim tap the trees the “old-fashioned way.” You’ll take a tractor ride around the 130-acre property before arriving at Olivia’s Sugar Shack to help with the process. Feed the farm animals, too! The Maple Syrup Festivals are March 9, 10, 16 and 17.


Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave., Summit
Learn the process of maple sugaring on February 2, 21 and 22, and then try your hand at it. This event is for families and kids ages 5 and up. Come back for the huge Maple Sugaring Fest on March 3, where you can sample the fruits (or sap) of your labor.

Tenafly Nature Center
Sundays in February & March
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
The nature center will teach you the history of maple sugaring and take you on a walk to their sugar bush so you can experience the process for yourself. Stop by on Sundays from January to March.

Echo Hill Park
42 Lilac Dr., Flemington
On February 4, you and the kids will visit the sugar bush to see sap collection in action. Get hands-on experience with sap buckets and learn about modern sap collection systems.

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