Monday, February 29th, 2016

Maple Sugar FestivalCelebrate the peak of the maple sugaring season with hands-on entertainment, courtesy of the Morris County Park Commission, this weekend right in Chatham Township.

Watch tree tapping demonstrations, witness the evaporation process, sample homemade maple cream and a variety of syrups, enjoy games, and crafts.

Take a guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History’ and discover how sugaring has changed over time since it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

On Saturday, March 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., visit the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for a hands-on maple sugaring education.

“People don’t look at the maple syrup on their table the same way after experiencing this festival,” said Jenny Gaus-Myers, Superintendent of Environmental Education for the Morris County Park Commission.

“They begin to appreciate the quality differences, as well as the process required to make this tasty treat. It’s a fun and educational day for everyone,” she added.Maple Sugar 2

If  you are thinking of making your own syrup at home, the necessary equipment will be on sale along with easy instructions on how to get started. A maple sugar farmer also will be on hand selling fresh syrup products, and food is available for purchase.

Admission is $4 per person age 3 and up. The event is held rain or shine.

For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit http://morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/great-swamp-outdoor-education-center, or call 973.635.6629.

(The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey.  It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!)