Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

January & February at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

mapleDiscover the sweet smells, sights, and Tastes of maple sugaring

The trees are tapped and the firewood is chopped – it’s maple sugaring season this winter at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township.

Immerse yourself in the maple sugaring process from start to finish. Identify and tap maple trees, collect the flowing sap, and witness syrup making over a wood-fired evaporator. Best of all, taste-test the finished product organically made at the Great Swamp.

Hour long Maple Sugaring Demonstrations are held at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:

January 14, 15, 21, 28, 29

February 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

Celebrate the peak of the maple sugaring season at the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, March 4, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.maple-2

Says Jenny Gaus-Myers, Assistant Director of Education and Interpretive Services: “People don’t look at the maple syrup on their table the same way after experiencing the maple sugaring demonstration. They begin to appreciate the quality differences, as well as the process required to make this tasty treat. The demos are a fun and educational experience for everyone.”

Head outside and watch steam billow from the evaporator, and become engulfed in the sweet smell of maple sugar. See maple cream making first hand and taste the final product. Enjoy a variety of crafts and games, and enjoy your own maple snow cone.

park-commissionBring your friends and family and take a guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ to discover how sugaring has changed since it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

Admission is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating.

Admission for the Maple Sugar Festival is $4 per person age 3 and up.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations and the Maple Sugar Festival are held rain or shine. For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit or call 973.635.6629.