Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here’s a bit of a change of pace for some winter outdoor fun: Learn all about maple syrup, right here in Morris County this winter at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township.

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Volunteer Bob Weingaertner is demonstrating the wood-fired evaporator that turns sap into syrup.

You’ll learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different delicious syrups, including syrup made right at the Great Swamp OEC.

Think you can identify the differences between pancake? syrups? Taste test of three distinct maple syrups: a store bought syrup made from corn syrup, a farm produced syrup made from sugar maple trees, and the syrup made from the red maple trees at the Great Swamp OEC. Which one do you enjoy the most?


Hour long demonstrations are held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on following dates: January 17, 23, 24, 30, 31& February 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28. At the peak of the season, February 27 and 28, there will be demonstrations at both 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating.

Then, on March 5, there will be a culmination of the maple sugaring season. Don’t miss the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, March 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit or call 973.635.6629, or visit Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township

For a complete guide to programs this winter at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit: