Maple Sugaring in New Jersey
Discover The Places and 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-March.
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.
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Maple Sugaring in Northern Jersey
Maple Sugaring Demo & Festival
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
January 30, 31, February 6, 13, 14, , 20, 21, 27, 28, March 5, 2016
247 Southern Boulevard
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.
Environmental Education Center
February 20, 21, 27, 28, March 5, 6, 12, 13, 2016
Saturdays - 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm Sundays - Noon and 2:00pm
Somerset County Park
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
This special event program is free and for all ages.
Experience maple sugaring in NJ beginning with how trees are tapped, sap-collecting methods past and present, and the boiling process that produces maple syrup. A 90-minute program at the Sugar Shack, a ½ mile hike from the Environmental Education Center. Please arrive 20-30 minutes before heading to the Sugar Shack for your desired start time. Call ahead if the weather is questionable.
Sundays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, 2016
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave.
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.
The Journey from Sap to Syrup
February 13, 2016
Trailside Nature & Science Center
452 New Providence Road
You can see how real maple syrup is made from the sap of a sugar maple tree. Find out what equipment is needed to collect and process sap. Take part in a taste test and try to identify the real thing.
Maple Sugaring Fest
Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, New Jersey
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! Registration is required.
Maple Sugaring Demonstration & Educational Program
Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22, 2016
50 Neilson Road
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 6, 2016
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden's Lane
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.
Middle of February through March
Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Usually held from the middle of February through March. 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 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Website & Registration
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.
Maple Sugaring in Southern Jersey
Maple Tree Tapping Time
March 5, 2016
Buttinger Nature Center
31 Titus Mill Rd.
Come help the Teacher-Naturalists get ready for maple sugaring season Listen to a short talk about maple sugaring, then help tap maple trees for this year's sap collection. Cold weather dress and boots recommended.
Sun, February 21, 2016:30pm – 3:30pm
Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
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.
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