Get your sugar fix at these sweet tree-tapping events happening this winter in New Jersey.
For families with a sweet tooth looking for something fun to do this winter, check out these places around NJ with maple-sugaring events, so you can see how the real thing is collected and made and taste-test different varieties around the state. You might even come home with a bottle of the this sweet elixir.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center Chatham, NJ (33 minutes from Hoboken & JC)
Participate in fascinating, hour-long maple sugaring demonstrations on the Saturday March 14th 12 PM – 4 PM days. Admission is $5 per person. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating.
Tenafly Nature Center Tenafly, NJ (40 minutes from Hoboken and Jersey City)
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. All ages are welcome. March 4th 2 PM-3 PM and 3:30 PM -4:30 PM $10 admission for non members
Somerset Park Commission Environmental Education Center Basking Ridge, NJ (50 minutes from Hoboken & JC)
Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. The 90-minute program is conducted at the EEC’s Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Suggested donation: $1 per person March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15
Saturdays – 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Sundays – Noon and 2:00pm No registration is required