Maple Sugaring in New Jersey

Maple Sugaring in New Jersey

Discover The 2017 Events and Places to Experience The Process

Maple sugaring has a history in New Jersey that began centuries ago with the Native Americans Indians and colonists.

This is an excellent winter family or kids group activity. In New Jersey, the maple sugaring season runs early February until mid-Mar



New Jersey is at the southern most region for the maple sugaring and as a result, today there are no commercial maple sugaring farms in NJ. While commercial farms are not available, New Jersey has a number of parks that conduct maple sugaring programs for education and demonstration purposes.

While the maple sugaring process was started by native American Indians, it later evolved in the mid nineteenth century by farmers who began to use metal spiles, metal buckets, and metal tanks for sap collection and storage.

There are still many places in New Jersey that are open to the public where visitors can get to experience and become involved with the nineteenth century process of tapping trees by hand and making maple syrup. The process begins with the tapping of Maple trees, collecting the sap, and then producing the syrup by boiling over an open fire and evaporating it down to the final product of Maple syrup. It takes 35 to 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup.

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Maple Sugaring in Northern Jersey

Maple Sugaring Demo & Festival
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
January: 14, 15, 21, 28, 29 & February: 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
247 Southern Boulevard
Chatham, NJ
Cost: $3 per person age 3 & up
973.635.6629. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served. All ages welcome.
Website
Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different syrups at the end.

Maple Sugaring: Tap That Tree!
January, 28, 2017
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, New Jersey
(908) 273-8787
Website
Join Director of Children's Education Jackie Kondel as she taps 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! Registration is required. For children ages 5 and up with an adult. Please note that the cost is $15 per child.

Maple Sugaring
Sundays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, & April 2, 2017
Visitor Center
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Website
This event events a great outdoor winter experience. Learn how to identify a maple tree and 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.

Maple Sugaring Fest
Sunday, February 26, 2017; from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, New Jersey
(908) 273-8787
Website
In this program, families will not only learn the how's and whys behind tapping trees but will get experience first hand by actually helping us do it! Â Registration is required.

Maple Sugaring Demonstration & Educational Program
Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26, 2017
Lusscraft Farm
50 Neilson Road
Wantage, NJ
973-875-4800
Website
Come see how maple sugar is made from Sap! Lusscroft Farm is a part of High Point State Park. It is a symbol of our vanishing rural heritage, holding a unique place in the Garden State's agricultural history. It embraces some of our most inspiring scenic vistas, intriguing geology and interesting topography.


Maple Sugaring in Central Jersey

Sugar Maple Tapping
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden's Lane
Lambertville, NJ
(609) 737-3299
Website
An annual occurrence where the Farm taps several hundred Maple trees, collects the sap, which is then evaporated by boiling down the sap on an open fire, producing the maple syrup. This is a process with which school groups and Saturday visitors can get actively involved.

Maple Sugaring
Saturday March 4, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m;   Sunday March 5, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m, Saturday March 11, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m; & Sunday March 12, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m
Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ
(609) 737-0623
Website
Pre-registration required, Admission is free.
Visitors will learn and experience the history of maple sugaring by using homemade sumac spiles, crafted in the park. The program starts with an educational slide presentation on the history, folklore, mechanics, and science of maple sugaring. The group then hikes into the forest for a demonstration and some personal practice in sugar maple tree identification and tapping. There are extensive stands of sugar maple trees throughout the state park.

Sugar Maple Celebration
Saturday, March 4, & Sunday, March 5, 2017
Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, NJ
Website & Registration
Free Event
This event features an educational experience in learning how to tap a tree and enjoy the process of maple sugaring. Participants will engage 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. You will also have the opportunity to take a taste of New Jersey maple syrup, visit a live sawmill demonstration.

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