By Sarah Mill, Director of Education

With the last of the freezing nights and the beginning of sap flow, maple trees are tapped for their sweet sap which is boiled down into delicious maple syrup. At the Arboretum this signifies the beginning of Maple Syrup Days, our annual celebration featuring guided tours, maple syrup samples and more!

Visit The Arboretum during syrup season and find the Maple Syrup Trail, just beyond the main parking area.  Learn about the history and science behind tree-tapping and maple sugaring as you meander down a wooded path toward the Log Cabin. Along the trail, informational signs and visual aids help tell the tale of maple syrup making. At the cabin, learn about how an evaporator is used to process sap into syrup and taste a sweet sample of this gift from the trees. Our guided tours allow visitors to learn the entire maple syrup process from start to finish.

New in 2018, are expanded times for our guided tours of the Maple Syrup Trail, which will be offered at noon, 1pm and 2pm on Saturdays, February 24 and March 3 and Sundays, February 25 and March 4.  These guided tours are free for Arboretum members and $2 for non-members.  The Log Cabin will remain open from 10am to 3pm for those looking to explore on their own.  Special tours for scouts and private group tours are also available.  See our calendar for complete details or email with inquiries.

Beyond exploring the trail, there are other ways to participate in maple syrup events. New in 2018 is an evening event to celebrate syrup season, after dark.  On Friday, March 2, families will enjoy Family Night: Under the Sugar Moon where attendees will learn about maple syrup production and enjoy a fire at the Log Cabin with hot chocolate and syrup samples. Visit our website calendar for more information and to register.

Maple Syrup Days doesn’t have to end after the events are over! If the sample of syrup tickles your taste buds, be sure to stop into the Visitors Center to purchase locally produced syrup and other maple products or buy a bucket and a tap to collect sap and make your own at home!