The Best Places to Go Maple Sugaring In New Jersey

Posted on: January 8th, 2019 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

 

 

Maple Sugaring at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

  • The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center offers maple sugar making in New Jersey at 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township
  • 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, January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 2, 3, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24.
    • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is $3 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 New Jersey maple sugaring event is February 9 from 10 AM – 3 PM.
  • 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 maple sugaring class is FREE but you must register.
  • For more information visit their website at Duke Farms or call (908) 722-3700.

Connect with Nature: Maple Sugaring at Rancocas Nature Center

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Sunday, February 17 from  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 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, we’ll have an old-fashioned campfire burning.
  • Preregister by calling RNC at 609-261-2495.
    Cost is $7/person, $15/family (limit 5) for Rancocas Nature Center members.  $9/person, $21/family (limit 5) for non members.
  • For more information visit their website at Rancocas Nature Center or call 609-261-2495.

Maple Sugaring at Washington Crossing State Park

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is held February 2, 3, 9 and 10 at varying times.
  • This event is a participatory demonstration in the procedures of home maple sugar production.
  • Advanced registration required. There is no cost to attend.
  • For more information visit our calendar event.

Maple Sugaring Fest at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The rain/snow date for this event is Sunday, March 3.
  • Learn how early settlers tapped maple trees and turned the sap into delicious maple syrup! Take part in our 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 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.
  • For more information visit their website at Reeves Reed Arboretum or call 908-273-8787

 

Tap That Tree at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 2 PM – 3:30 PM
  • February marks the beginning of maple sugaring season. Join us as we tap the Arboretum’s maple trees in preparation for this season’s sap flow. Not only will families learn the hows and whys behind tapping trees, but will also get first-hand experience actually helping us do it!
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is $15 per family for Members and $25 per family for Non-Members.
  • For more information visit their website at Reeves Reed Arboretum or call 908-273-8787

 

Maple Tree Tapping at Echo Hill

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • 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! We 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
  • Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive Flemington
  • This program is for ages: 5 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: $3 per person
  • For more information visit their website at Hunterdon County Parks or call 908-782-1158

 

Maple Tree Open House at Echo Hill

  • The public is invited to an open house at Echo Hill playground on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9 AM – 2 PM. Tours every 20 minutes from 9 AM – 2 PM and last an hour.
  • Echo Hill is located at 42 Lilac Drive Flemington
  • Admission is a $1 suggested donation.
  • For more information visit their website at Hunterdon County Parks or call 908-782-1158

 

Maple Sap Collection at Echo Hill Playground

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is Friday February 1, and Saturday, February 1, 2019, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Echo Hill Playground is located at 42 Lilac Drive Flemington
  • Ages 5 through adult.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is $3 per person, registration is required.
  • 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! We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes).
  • 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

  • Where: 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly
  • These New Jersey maple sugaring events are February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 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
  • 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.
  • For more information visit their website at Tenafly Nature Center or call 201-568-6093

 

Maple Sugaring New Jersey

 

Maple Sugar Sunday

  • Where: Miller Cory House Museum – 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ (908 232-1776)
  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is March 31, 2019, from 2 PM – 4 PM.
  • The fee to attend this maple sugar making event is Adults – $4, Students – $3 and children under age 3 are FREE
  • What you can expect: All about maple sugaring making. The Maple Sugar program is given at specified times; call or email for information. Appropriate for children. Museum tours and demonstrations of open hearth cooking included.
  • For more information visit their website at Miller-Cory Museum or call 908-232-1776

 

Maple Sugaring at the Hermitage

  • Where: The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus
  • When: February 16, Tap times at 1PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
  • $25/family, $15/individual
  • The rain or heavy-snow date for this event Sunday, February 17th.
  • The Hermitage Master Gardeners will be tapping about 15 trees on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark. Families and friends are invited to learn how to tap maple trees and the importance of maple sugaring to the Lenape and early Dutch and English settlers in Northern New Jersey. Children 12 and older and adults will also be able to tap the trees with the Master Gardeners. Guests will be sent home with the equipment to tap the trees in their own yards and instructions on boiling the sap into syrup. During the event a small concession stand featuring hot beverages and maple sugary snacks will be also be open.
  • For more information visit their website at The Hermitage or call 908-232-1776

Maple Sugaring at Van Vleck House

  • This New Jersey maple sugaring event is March 2 1 PM – 3 PM
  • Looking for a super sweet activity the whole family will love? Don’t miss Van Vleck House & Gardens’ annual Maple Sugaring event! 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.
  • Registration required. Cost is $5 – $10/person
  • 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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