March is Maple Syrup Time

Posted: March 02, 2018

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 3-4, 10-11
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. All ages. 10am - 3pm. FREE. Learn more...

March 3
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. Please note that parts of the program will be outside on uneven terrain. Hiking will be approximately .25 mile on preserve trails. Registration required. 708.946.2216. All ages. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Learn more...

March 3 and 4; 10 and 11; 17
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 4, 11, 18, 25
FREE Nature Discovery Days: Maple Sugaring
Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
Discover how maple syrup is made; View and touch maple tapping equipment; Try your hand at "tapping" a tree; and Taste 100% pure maple syrup! Read books about maple trees, maple sugaring and more. No registration required. At least one adult must attend with each family. Drop in between 12:30 am - 3:30 pm. In the Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room. All ages. FREE. Learn more...

March 10-11, 17-18, 24-26
Maple Syrup Hikes
Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods Rd. south of Half Day Rd., Riverwoods
Saturdays and Sundays March 10-25, and Monday March 26. 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. Hikes at 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30 and 2; one hour each. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. All ages. Ages 4 and up $6, 3 and under free. Learn more...

March 11
Maple Syrup Harvest
Rosewood Beach, Highland Park
Discover the art of tapping a maple tree to make maple syrup through a story, hike, activities, and hands on practice. Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Registration deadline: Mar 9. Min/Max is 6/20. Ages 6 and up. 10-11am or 11:30am-12:30pm. $10. Register online Learn more...

March 17
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. Tours begin every 20 minutes. All ages. $10 per person. 10am - 2pm. Register online or at 630-850-8110. Learn more...

March 17
Maple Fest
Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S River St., Batavia
Learn how people through the ages and even animals like woodpeckers have tapped maple trees for sap! Maple-themed snack and hot beverages will be available for purchase. All ages. Tour times: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. FREE. Learn more...

March 18
46th 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 24
Making Maple Syrup Stick!
Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Enjoy a pancake breakfast at Prisco Community Center with real maple syrup. Then, join the naturalists at Red Oak Nature Center and hike the woods to learn how syrup is made. Transportation from Prisco to and from Red Oak is provided. All participants must have a ticket. All ages. 9am - noon. Per person: $5 (R)/ $7 (N) Family of 4: $15 (R)/ $21 (N). Learn more...

March 25
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 17-18
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. All ages. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. FREE. Pancake breakfast available for a cost. Learn more...