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.
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Maple Sugaring at Happy Day Farm
February 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 2019 (weather permtting)
Happy Day Farm
106 Iron Ore Rd
Cost: $3.00 per person, children under two are FREE. Tractor ride included
Come lend Farmer Tim a hand in the process! You can't make this chemistry up! Real science. Real maple. Come see the process for yourself in Olivia's Sugar Shack!
Freezing nights and thawing days mark the beginning of maple sugaring season, and at Happy Day Farm the work of tapping trees and boiling sap is underway. This is a great outdoor winter experience where attendees will take a tractor ride of our 130-acre farm with over 600 maple trees and it takes 35 to 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup.
From Sap to Maple Syrup
Saturday, February 23, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, & Sunday February 24, 2019 1:00-3:00 PM
Huber Woods Park
25 Brown's Dock Road
Locust (Middletown Twp.), NJ
Visit Site (all ages, under 18 with adult)
Note: This program fills up fast. Please call for registration or wait list @ (732) 842--4000, ext 1
Winter is winding down and the sap is running in the trees which means its time to make maple syrup! Bring the whole family for some old-fashioned fun as we learn the history, technique and some of the science behind this delicious treat. Highlights include a syrup taste test,tree tapping demonstration and instruction, and winter tree identification. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots.
Maple Sugaring Brunch & Hike
Saturday, March 2, 2019; 2 sessions: 9:30 – 11:30AM OR 11:00AM – 1:00PM
The Watershed Center
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
Join us at the Watershed Center for this popular annual event. Hike with the Teacher-Naturalists to our tapped trees, learn about the process to convert maple sap to syrup and visit the evaporation station. The highlight of the morning is a delicious pancake brunch, served with our homemade maple syrup made from trees on the Reserve! Part of this program is conducted outdoors – winter gear, including boots, is necessary. Sign up for one session – registration and prepayment are required.They
accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover, $22.00 per Adult and child over 13 $15.00 per Child (3-13).
Saturday March 2, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m; Sunday March 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m, Saturday March 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m; & Sunday March 10, 2019, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m
Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
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