Where to: Maple Sugaring

UPDATED FOR 2016       

February-March 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!

WESTCHESTER

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, Feb. 28, March 6 and 13, 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 19, 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 for adult members, $15 for adult non-members; $5 for children members, $7 for child non-members. FREE under 2.

Birds and Syrup: Saturday, March 19, 9:30am, 10:45am, 12pm  

   Following your brunch, enjoy a walk around Teatown Lake to digest the pancakes and look for spring migrants. FREE.

Rent-A-Bucket

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.  (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 for $45. 

 

Muscoot Farm
Route 100, Somers
914-864-7282; www.muscootfarm.org

Tappin' the Maple Trees: Sunday, Feb. 14, 1-3pm.

   Visit the farm and listen to an explanation of the procedures of tapping the maple trees. Weather permitting. FREE.

Maple Sugaring: Sunday, Feb. 21 and 28, 1-3pm.
   Spend an afternoon finding out all there is to know about making maple syrup. Weather permitting. FREE.

Sugarin' Off: Sunday, March 6, 12-3pm.
   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.

 

Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road, Rye
 
Maple Sugaring Saturday: February 13th & 20th 1:00 pm.
 
Tap a tree the old-fashioned way! Learn about how maple trees produce sap and get a peek at the sugaring process in the Rye Nature Center’s own sugar shed. Please call to reserve your places. Suggested for ages 4 and up. Members free, $5/person non-members. 

 

Ward Pound Ridge
The Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Routes 35 and 121, Cross River
914-864-7323; friendsoftrailside.org 

Sugarhouse Chat: Saturday, Feb. 20 and March 5, 10am-2pm.
   Stop by the sugarhouse anytime for an informal chat with the museum staff as they turn sap into syrup. Northeast North American history comes alive with demonstations of this amazing product. FREE.

American Indian Sugaring: Saturday, Feb. 27, 1pm. 

   The evaporator will be producing nature's sweet reward - maple syrup. 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 and Friendsraiser: Saturday, March 12, 12-3pm.

   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
914-723-3470; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org

Maple Sugaring Party: Sunday, March 6, 11am-3pm.
   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. Register and pre-pay online by March 5 for special rates: $5 for members, $10 for non-members; $8 for members day of, $15 for non-members day of. Children under 2 FREE. 

 

 

ORANGE

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 Feb. 27-28, March 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Tours run 11am-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 for adult members, $10 for adult non-members, $4 for child memebrs ages 3-17, $7 for child non-members.

 

PUTNAM

 Taconic Outdoor Education Center

75 Mountain Laurel Lane, Cold Spring

845-265-3773; www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=114

Sap to Syrup Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, March 13, 8:30am-12pm

   Pancake breakfast and hands-on demonstrations on tapping trees, boiling sap, and producing syrup. Take part in a cross cut saw demonstration. $8 for adults; $6 for children. 

 

CONNECTICUT

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
203-322-1646, ext. 652; www.stamfordmuseum.org


Maple Sugar Festival: Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, 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, and hayrides. 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. Pancake brunch on Sunday, 11am-2pm for an additional $6 per person. Daily admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

Sponsor-A-Bucket

  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 $100. For more information, call Marina at 203-977-6533.

 

Wilton Ambler Farm

257 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton

203-834-1143; info-ambler@amblerfarm.org;  www.amblerfarm.org

Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree: Saturday, Feb. 6, 10am and 1pm. 

Learn the science and history of maple syruping. Choose a tree and hang a bucket to collect sap through the season to be boiled down, bottled, and sent to each family. Enrollment limited to 110 families. Sign up in advance. $60 for memebr families, $65 for non-member families. 

Maple Syrup Open House: Saturdays, March 5 and 12, 1-2pm.

   Experience the New England tradition of turning sap into syrup. 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. Event is FREE. 

 

Great Brook Sugar House at Sullivan Farm

140 Park Lane Rd, New Milford

860-354-0047; www.youthagency.org  

Open House Maple Festival: March 19, 10am-4pm

   Come visit a working sugar house and learn the history behind one of New England's favorite natural products. Guides will escort visitors around to various sites reflecting the 300 year history of maple. Syryp and other maple products will be available for purchase. FREE.

  

NEW JERSEY

Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly
201-568-6093; www.tenaflynaturecenter.org

Maple Sugaring: Sunday, Feb. 14, 12:30-1:30pm, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm.

   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 for members, $10 for non-members. Children under 2 are FREE.

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