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Posted Friday, January 5th, 2018

Demonstrations On Weekends in January and February

The trees are tapped and the firewood is chopped. That means it’s time for the 2018 maple sugaring season at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township.

parks educator taps the maple sugar from a tree

Parks educator taps maple from a Great Swamp tree

You are invited to participate in fascinating, hour-long maple sugaring demonstrations on the following dates: Jan. 20, 21, 27, and 28, plus Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. There are sessions at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on each of those days.

photo of outdoor examination of finished maple sugar product in small bottles

Parks educator observes finished product

Experience the entire maple sugaring process from tapping the tree to pancake-topping treat. Identify and tap maple trees, collect the flowing sap, and witness syrup making over a wood-fired evaporator. Best of all, taste-test the Great Swamp’s own homemade syrup.

“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,” said Jenny Gaus-Myers, Assistant Director of Education and Interpretive Programs. “The demos are a fun and educational experience for everyone.”

Admission is $3 per person. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating. All demonstrations are held rain or shine. For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit morrisparks.net 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 18,927 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!