This month marks the peak of the maple sugaring season. Throughout the region, there are opportunities to learn all about the history and process of making maple syrup, what many like to refer to as "liquid gold." Check out these events, and taste some of it smooth sweetness yourself!
Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining
914-762-2912, ext.110; Teatown@teatown.org; www.teatown.org
All month, it's sugaring time at Teatown. Check out your options to join in the fun.
Sugaring Sundays: Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown's naturalists will be in Warren's sugarhouse sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year. Pre-registration required. $5.
Pancake Brunch: Saturday, March 21, 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am, 12:15pm
Bring your appetite to Teatown's tastiest annual tradition – the Pancake Brunch! Start your day off with stacks of hotcakes smothered in maple syrup, hot coffee, sausages, and more. Visit the sugarhouse to watch a demonstration of how their "liquid gold" is produced. Seating is limited. Pre-registration suggested. $10; $5 ages 2-12; FREE under 2.
Birds and Syrup: Saturday, March 21, 9:30am, 10:45am, 12pm
Following your brunch, enjoy a walk around Teatown Lake to digest the pancakes and look for spring migrants. FREE.
Love maple syrup? Buy a bucket of your own. Marked with your name, it will hang from one of the trees being tapped. After it's filled, the sap gets turned into syrup in the sugarhouse. $40 (Includes two tickets to the Pancake Brunch on March 21, and an eight-oz. bottle of Teatown's award-winning grade A pure maple syrup). Call to purchase a bucket.
Route 100, Somers
Tappin' the Maple Trees: Sunday, March 1, 1-3pm
Visit the farm and listen to an explanation of the procedures of tapping the maple trees. Weather permitting. FREE.
Maple Sugaring: Sunday, March 8 and 15, 11am-2:30pm
Spend an afternoon finding out all there is to know about making maple syrup. Weather permitting. FREE.
Sugaring Off Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, March 22, 11am-3pm
Join the farm staff and the New York Maple Sugar Association as they celebrate the end of the sugaring season with a party. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup, as well as other maple products. FREE.
Ward Pound Ridge
The Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Routes 35 and 121, Cross River
Sugarhouse Chat: Saturday, March 7, 12-2pm
Stop by the sugarhouse anytime for an informal chat with the museum staff as they turn sap into syrup. FREE.
Maple Tree Magic: Saturday, March 14, 1pm
With a bit of magic and hard work, delicious maple syrup is made from the sap of trees. Learn how trees do this, and discover the ins and outs of sugaring. FREE.
Sugaring-Off Party: Saturday, March 21, 1pm
Celebrating the end of another sugaring season. Learn how sap becomes syrup, taste foods made with maple syrup, and tap your feet to fiddle music. FREE ($2 donation suggested).
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Road off Central Avenue, Scarsdale
Maple Sugaring Party: Sunday, March 15, 1-4pm
Celebrate the end of winter and the peak of the maple sugaring season. Family events include tours of the Native American- and Colonial-style sugaring sites, candy and ice cream making, and live music. $7 by March 12; $9 day of.
Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road, Rye
914-967-5150; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ryenaturecenter.org
Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Demonstration: Saturday, March 7, 10:30-11:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm
Learn about maple trees and the delicious products made from the sap. Take a short hike through the woods to the Sugar Shack and watch the sap boil down to sweet, pure syrup. Afterwards, sample some of the syrup on fresh, hot pancakes flipped by the staff and volunteers. Rain or shine. Wear sturdy footwear for the hike to the shack. Pre-registration required. $10 per person, $25 per family.
Saturday Sugar Shack Tours and Maple Sugaring Demonstrations: Saturdays, March 7 and 14, 10am-12pm
Tour the Sugar Shack and discover how to tap a tree and collect sap, and watch as the sap is boiled down to sweet, pure syrup. Taste some of the hot-out-of-the-evaporator maple syrup, and try some "sugar on snow," the early ancestor of the snow cone! Rain or shine; canceled in event of a winter storm warning or heavy rain. Call the office for updates. Wear sturdy footwear for the hike to the shack. FREE; donation requested.
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Outdoor Discovery Center
20 Kenridge Farm Drive, Route 9W, Cornwall
845-534-5506, ext. 204; www.hhnaturemuseum.org
Sugaring Tours: Saturdays and Sundays March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 11:30am-3pm
Get a taste of the development of maple sugaring through 400 years of New York State history. Tours start every half hour, and are a 45-minute walk through the forest, stopping at various locations to learn the aspects of making maple syrup. Wear boots and dress warmly. $7.
Niese's Maple Farm
136 Wiccopee Road, Putnam Valley
845-526-3748; email@example.com; www.geocities.com/workforlife
Maple Weekend 2009: March 17, 18, 24, 25, 10am-4pm
Tour the farm and watch how maple syrup is produced. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and appearances by a woodcarver, live horse, and Marty the maple moose. FREE.
Taconic Outdoor Education Center
75 Mountain Laurel Lane, Cold Spring
Sap to Syrup Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, March 15, 9am-12pm
Pancake breakfast and hands-on demonstrations on tapping trees, boiling sap, and producing syrup. $6; $4 ages 5-12; FREE under 5.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
203-322-1646, ext. 652; www.stamfordmuseum.org
Maple Sugar Sunday: Sunday, March 1, 11am-3pm
Learn how maple sap from trees is turned into syrup, sample the syrup, and purchase a bottle to take home. Family activities include maple-themed crafts, storytelling, face painting, tree tapping demonstrations, hayrides, and the popular pancake brunch. See several different maple sugaring processes, including how the Native Americans created sugar from sap using the "hot rock" method, and then stop by the maple sugarhouse and watch how the modern evaporation technique takes place. $10.
Personalize your support by sponsoring a bucket throughout the season. The center will place a name tag on each bucket and you will receive a pint of your very own pure Connecticut maple syrup. Each sponsorship opportunity is $50. For more information, call Meg Slavin at 203-322-1646, ext. 6548.
Wilton Ambler Farm
257 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton
203-834-1143; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.amblerfarm.org
Maple Syrup Open House: Saturday, March 7, 12:30-1:30pm
Learn about the Native American origin of maple syrup, followed by how the farm boils the sap down to make maple syrup. Then enjoy a taste of it over vanilla ice cream. $10 per person, $20 per family.
Great Brook Sugar House at Sullivan Farm
140 Park Lane Rd, New Milford
Open Sugar House: March 14 and 15, 10am-4pm
Celebrate the history of maple syrup from Colonial times through the present. See syrup made the old-fashioned way, taste some maple syrup, and watch maple candy demonstrations. Food and maple products available for purchase. FREE.
Story of Maple Sugaring: Through March 31
A narrator in period costume relates the story of maple sugaring from its discovery by Native Americans, through the Civil War era, to the present day. The tour ends in the modern day sugarhouse with an opportunity to taste some 100 percent pure maple syrup. Maple syrup products are available for purchase and can be ordered in advance for pick-up after the tour. Call to schedule a tour.
John Read Road, West Redding
Maple Sugaring Open House Demonstration: March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 12-5pm
During the demonstrations, discover the entire sugaring process, including how the sap comes out of the trees, is taken to the storage tank, and boiled down in the evaporator. Pure maple syrup and maple sugar candy are available for purchase. FREE.
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly
Maple Sugaring: Sundays, March 1 and 8, 12:30-1:30pm, 2-3pm
Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the gathering of sap over the centuries. Check tapped trees and boil down the sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, and then have a taste. Dress warmly; program will be both inside and outdoors. Pre-registration requested. $5.