The Best Places to Go Maple Sugaring In New Jersey

Posted on: January 8th, 2020 by

We originally published our list of maple sugaring events in New Jersey in 2014. We update this list every year because we know how much fun maple sugaring for kids can be and we know families want to go maple sugaring in New Jersey.

 

Do you think you can only go maple sugaring in Vermont?

Of course not! New Jersey has so much to offer, and you can get your maple sugar fix close to home with these local spots for maple sugaring. Beginning in January, parks will be offering amazing opportunities to go maple sugaring in New Jersey with maple sugaring events in New Jersey and maple sugar tours for the entire family to enjoy. Not only are these maple sugar events affordable, fun and educational, they are tasty too! Plus you can learn how maple sugar is made.

 

The Best Places to Go Maple Sugaring In New Jersey

With this list of the best places to go maple sugaring in New Jersey we’re sharing where and when you can go maple sugaring in New Jersey with your kids. Keep reading.

 

Maple Sugaring Events in New Jersey

 

Listings in italics are still being confirmed for 2020.

 

Maple Sugaring at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

  • The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center offers maple sugar making in New Jersey at 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, New Jersey.
  • Experience the fascinating process of how maple sugaring is made from start to finish. Identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different, delicious syrups, including syrup made at the Great Swamp OEC. Rain or shine.

 

  • These New Jersey maple sugaring events are Saturdays & Sundays in 2020, January 18, 19, 25, 26, February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, March 1, 7 & 8, 1 PM – 2 PM or 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is $4 per person age 3 & up.

 

  • No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.
  • For more information visit their website at Morris County Parks or call (973) 635-6629.

 

Stephanie explains the tree cookie and parts of the tree at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

Stephanie explains the tree cookie and parts of the tree at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

Sugar Maple Celebration at Duke Farms

  • This sugar maple event happens at 1112 Dukes Parkway W, Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. 
  • Celebrate the Sugar Maple and the magic it brings to your table. Learn about the entire maple sugaring process with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania.Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Experience the flavor of New Jersey maple syrup, visit live demonstrations, and have fun! 

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is February 15, 2020 from 10 AM – 3 PM.
  • This maple sugaring class is FREE.

 

 

The Journey of Sap to Syrup at Trailside Nature Center

  • This maple sugaring event is at 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, New Jersey
  • See how 100% real maple syrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree. 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. Dress for the weather, there will be a short walk to the tree.

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Saturday February 15 and Monday February 17 from 12 PM – 1 PM.
  • Cost is $5/person for Union County residents, $6/person for out of county residents.

 

  • Register online at the Union County website, ucnj.org
  • For more information visit their website at ucnj.org or call (908) 789-3670 

Connect with Nature: Maple Sugaring at Rancocas Nature Center

  • This maple sugaring event is at 794 Rancocas Mount Holly Road, Westampton, New Jersey.
  • What a tasty way to spend a winter afternoon! Bring the whole family and enjoy a program about maple sugaring, the oldest continuous industry in North America. Learn about the sugar maple tree and the history of maple sugaring, observe a tapping demonstration, and enjoy a maple syrup tasting. To ward off the chills, there will be an old-fashioned campfire burning. 

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Sunday, February 17, 2020 from  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Cost is $7/person, $15/family (limit 5) for Rancocas Nature Center members.  $9/person, $21/family (limit 5) for non members.

 

  • Preregister by calling RNC at (609) 261-2495.
  • For more information visit their website at Rancocas Nature Center or call (609) 261-2495.

 

Maple Sugaring Fest at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

  • The Maple Sugaring Fest is at 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit, New Jersey.
  • Learn how early settlers tapped maple trees and turned the sap into delicious maple syrup! Take part in the family scavenger hunt and see whether you can successfully complete the “Maple Syrup Challenge.” Round out the day with a sampling of maple syrup made here at the Arboretum!

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The rain/snow date for this event is Sunday, March 8.
  • This maple sugaring class is FREE for RRA Members and children under 3. The cost for Non-Members is $5 per person, $25 maximum per family.

 

 

 

 

Maple Tree Tapping at Echo Hill

  • Maple Tree Tapping happens at 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington, New Jersey.
  • Have you come to our Maple Sugaring program in March and wondered how exactly we tap the trees, or where the Echo Hill sugar bush is? Well, here’s your chance to find out! Groups will meet at the playground and walk to the sugar bush (about five to ten minutes). Then, Recreation Leader Patrick Eckard will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will collectively tap about 30 trees. This program is for ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult).

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.
  • The fee to attend this event is $3 per person.

 

 

Maple Sap Collection at Echo Hill Playground

  • Be part of the maple sap collection at 42 Lilac Drive, Flemington, New Jersey.
  • Collecting the sap is a crucial step of the maple sugaring process! Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove. Come participate in the process at Echo Hill! Meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes). Ages 5 through adult.

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is $3 per person.

 

  • Registration is required.
  • For more information visit their website at Hunterdon County Parks or call (908) 782-1158.

 

The evaporator that boils the sap down to syrup.

The evaporator that boils the sap down to syrup.

 

Maple Sugaring at the Tenafly Nature Center

  • This maple sugaring event is at 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, New Jersey.
  • Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the way we gather sap over the centuries. The group will check Tenafly Nature Center’s tapped tree and boil down sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, a sweet treat for all to taste.

 

  • These New Jersey maple sugaring events are February 2, 6, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22 2020 at multiple times throughout the day.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is $5/member, $10/non member, $15 member family, $30 non member family.

 

 

Maple Sugaring New Jersey

 

Maple Sugar Sunday at Miller-Cory Museum

  • Maple Sugar Sunday is at the Miller- Cory Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey. 
  • All about maple sugaring making. Appropriate for children. Museum tours and demonstrations of open hearth cooking included.

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is March 22, 2020, from 2 PM – 4 PM.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is Adults – $5, Students – $3 and children under age 3 are FREE.

 

 

Maple Sugaring at the Environmental Education Center

  • This Somerset County maple sugaring event is at 190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
  • History of, and hands-on experience of, centuries old maple sugaring process. Program is held outdoors at the sugar shack. 

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is held February 22 – March 15 2020, Saturdays: 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM, Sundays: 12 PM and 2 PM.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is a suggested donation of $1/person.

 

 

Maple Syrup Season program at Northeast Branch Library

  • This Warren County maple sugaring event is at 40 US 46 West, Independence Township, New Jersey
  • February in New Jersey brings cold winter nights and warm sunny days, perfect for collecting maple sap to make maple syrup. Join Lynne and Kevin Moore, local sugar makers, to learn about the process from the tree to the table. We will have a taste test, storytime, tapping tree demo, and of course a pancake celebration.

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is held February 22 at 11 AM.
  • There is no fee to attend.

 

 

Maple Sugaring Open House at Schiff Nature Center

  • Maple sugaring at the Shiff Nature Center is at 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, New Jersey.
  • Experience a hands-on demonstration of maple sugar production with members of Schiff’s educational staff and Board. The tradition of maple sugaring began centuries ago with the Native Americans and early settlers and continues today as homeowners learn to identify, tap, and process the sap of Maple trees. Join us at the Nature Center for this 1 1/2 hour program at 1 pm and 3 pm. The educational presentation will explain the history of maple sugaring, the seasonal life cycle of the sugar maple tree, and how 100% real maple syrup is made from finding and tapping the tree. Following the educational program, enthusiasts can view the wood-fired evaporator at work and then move on to sampling the final product. Of course the best part is tasting fresh syrup and tasty treats made from Schiff maple syrup. An optional two mile field walk to the working maple grove will be offered to see the tapping and collection operation. Jon from The Maple Shop in Chester will be present for consultation for those interested in maple sugar production supplies and goods. Please arrive at the Nature Center 15 minutes before the start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow.  Seating is first come, first served. This program will be held rain or shine.

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is March 1, 2020 at 1 PM and 3 PM.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is FREE to Schiff members. Non-member fee is $4 per person or $15 for a family of 4.

 

  • Please register in advance through this link.
  • For more information visit their website at Schiff Nature Preserve or call (973) 543-6004.

 

 

Maple Sugaring at the Hermitage  

  • The Hermitage offers maple sugaring at 335 Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.
  • The sap is running and the Hermitage has a hands-on program kids and adults will enjoy! Each hour, the group will tap at least five trees, collect the sap, learn how to identify maple trees without leaves, and determine different grades of syrup.  There’ll be little tastes of finished syrup and each family can take home a do-it-yourself tapping kit and a children’s activity book about the maple sugaring process.  Admission fee also includes a tour of The Hermitage museum.

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is February 15, 2020, Tap times at 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM.
  • The fee to attend is $25/family, $15/individual.

 

  • For more information visit their website at The Hermitage or call (908) 232-1776.

 

Maple Sugaring at Van Vleck House

  • Maple Sugaring at Van Vleck House is at 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, New Jersey
  • Families are invited to learn how to identify a sugar maple tree and discover the steps for turning sap into syrup, focusing on a tapped sugar maple tree in Mother’s Garden.  Program includes a tour and demonstration, and wouldn’t be complete without a maple syrup tasting! 

 

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is February 22, 2020 at 1 PM, 1:30 PM, 2 PM and 2:30 PM.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is $25 per family/Members, $40 per family/General Public, Individuals: $10 per person/Members, $15 per person/General Public
  • Please register in advance through this link.
    For more information visit their website at Van Vleck or call (973) 744-4752.

Continue to check back as we are always updating this list as new maple sugaring events in New Jersey are scheduled and added!

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Melanie is a stay at home mom of a 6 year old boy and 10 year old girl. She lives in Union County and grew up in Middlesex County. Her children enjoy ice skating (she holds the shoes), crafting, amusement parks, and just generally being kids! Melanie always says, being 45 minutes from NYC or the Jersey Shore makes this the best place to live!

2 thoughts on “The Best Places to Go Maple Sugaring In New Jersey

  1. Diana weidner says:

    Interested in maple sugaring demonstration near Warren county

  2. Mindy Schmitt says:

    Update: At the Great Swamp OEC in Chatham, the 2017 hours for Maple Sugar Programs are 1pm and 2:30pm on most Sat & Sun in Jan & Feb. Maple Sugar Festival on Sat, March 4th, 2017.

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