March is Maple Syrup Time

Posted: March 01, 2019

March is Maple Syrup tapping time, and these upcoming events will help your kids understand how the process works.. and let them get a taste as well! 


March 2
Maple Syrup Magic
Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher
From the earliest times, Native Americans and pioneers of the Midwest made maple syrup from the sweet sap of the sugar maple tree. Learn how it’s made, find sugar maple trees on site and try some real maple syrup. History has never been sweeter! All ages. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Learn more...

March 2-31: Thursdays - Mondays
Festival of the Sugar Maples
Kline Creek Farm, County Farm Rd., West Chicago
Discover how sap becomes syrup as you try tapping with tools from the 1890s, check the collection buckets, watch sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup. All ages. Free. No registration. All ages. 1-4pm. FREE. Learn more...

March 2-3, 9-10, 16
Sap's Rising
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook
Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making. All ages. 1:30pm. FREE. Learn more...

March 5-8 and March 12-14
Festival of the Sugar Maples
Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo
Hear how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago. Discover how maple trees produce sap each spring. Learn how sap is collected from maple trees. See how maple syrup is made at the evaporator house. Grades K-5 9:30-10:45 a.m. | 10:45 a.m-12:00 p.m. | 12:00-1:15 p.m. FREE. Learn more...

March 5
Don't Worry, Be Sappy at NPV
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago
Be a part of the fun tradition of collecting sap from a maple tree! We'll tap a tree together, see how it becomes syrup, and even get a tasty sample! Registration required. Parents or guardians are required to stay with their children throughout the session. Early childhood. 10-11am. FREE. Learn more...

March 9
Maple Tapping 101 at NPV
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago
Be a part of this fun class about collecting sap from a maple tree! We?ll tap a tree together, see how it becomes syrup, and even get a tasty sample! Adults and Children ages 6 and up. Register online or by calling 312-744-5472. Ages 6 and up. 10-11:30am. FREE. Learn more...

March 9-10, 16-17, 20, 23-24, 25
Maple Syrup Hikes
Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods Rd. south of Half Day Rd., Riverwoods
March 9-10, 16-17, 20, 23-24, 25. Learn how trees work and about the sweet sap of sugar maples. Ryerson Woods is one of the few places in Lake County where conditions are right for maple syrup production, and where trees grow to a diameter and height that allows for tapping. Everyone gets a taste. Registration required. Ages 4 and up $6, 3 and under free. Learn more...

March 10
Maple Syrup Harvest
Rosewood Beach, Highland Park
Listen to a folklore of how maple sap was discovered, tap a tree and enjoy a pancake with maple syrup after. Additional pancakes available for purchase. Ages 6 and up. 10-11am. $12. Register online Learn more...

March 16
Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Rd., Oak Brook
Discover the sweet secret of turning tree sap into syrup and enjoy samples along this 75-minute guided tour. Discover the facts of sap collection and weather patterns that help us know when it's the perfect time to begin this spring tradition. Learn how animals use sap, pioneer and modern-day collection techniques and enjoy samples along the way. Tours begin every 20 minutes. All ages. $10 per person. 10am - 2pm. Register online or at 630-850-8110. Learn more...

March 16
Maple Fest
Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S River St., Batavia
Enjoy a short presentation on Maple trees before heading out into the woods for a short hike to learn how people through the years have tapped maple trees and collected the delicious treat! Stop by Sapwood Corner to test your maple tapping skills first hand and don’t forget to sample some of the flavorful product yourself! All ages. Tours on the hour from 9am - 2pm. $2, kids 2 and under free. Learn more...

March 17
47th Annual Maple Syrup Festival
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a special day of activities including crafts, games, tree tapping and maple syrup history. All ages. 11 AM - 3 PM. FREE. Learn more...

March 23-24
Maple Syrup Festival at NPV
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago
Come and see the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, make a maple craft, warm yourself by the fire, and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire. All ages. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. FREE. Learn more...

March 17
Sugar Bush Fair
Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Visit Spring Valley’s annual celebration of nature’s sweet gift of maple sugar. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, juice and coffee. See authentic demonstrations of maple syrup production, a pioneer sugar camp, children’s puppet show and a hayride. Syrup and other goodies will be available for purchase. All ages. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. FREE. Pancake breakfast available for a cost. Learn more...