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‘Tis the season—to go maple sugaring! For families with a sweet tooth looking for something fun to do this winter, check out these places around NJ with maple-sugaring events, so you can see how the real thing is collected and made and taste-test different varieties around the state. You might even come home with a bottle of the homemade goodness to drizzle on your pancakes and waffles. Mmmmm!

(If you arrive home with fresh NJ maple syrup, try making one of these tasty recipes.)

Duke Farms

February to mid-March (call for exact dates)
1112 Dukes Parkway W., Hillsborough
908-722-3700 ext. 2

Echo Hill

Maple Sugaring Living History Farm
March 14
42 Lilac Dr., Flemington
908-782-1158
Take a tour of the farm, plus learn how Native Americans discovered the sweet sap and how syrup became produced in the 1930s. Watch a tree tapping, visit a sugar evaporator and have a taste of real syrup on a pancake.

Environmental Education Center

February 22-23, 29, March 1, 7-8, 14-15
190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge
908-766-2489

Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center

Winter Break Camp for Kids
February 14, 17 and 18
142 Bordentown-Georgetown Rd.
609-298-4028

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

January 18-19, 25-26, February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29, March 1, 7-8
73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown
973-326-7645

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

January 18-19, 25-26, February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29, March 1, 7-8
247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp.
973-635-6629

Nature Center at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville

March 7-8, 14-15
Participate in a hands-on demonstration of home maple sugar production and see how it’s all done.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Maple Sugaring Fest
March 1
165 Hobart Ave., Summit
908-273-8787

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve in Pennington

February 29
31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington
Head to the Watershed Center for the Maple Sugar Brunch where you’ll learn about the science and history behind maple sugaring, plus dig into a pancake with fresh syrup.

Tenafly Nature Center

Sundays from February 16–March 22
Stop by on March 29 for a Pancake Brunch and Maple Sugaring, too.
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
201-568-6093

Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 17 and 19
452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside
908-789-3670; ucnj.org

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