Sarah Mill, Director of Education

Maple Syrup TapsAfter a mild start, it’s finally feeling like winter with cold air and bursts of snow.  The trees are hibernating right now, but their rest won’t last long.

March is known by many as “maple syrup month.”  Beginning in late winter, as the days begin to creep above freezing while the nights remain icy cold, the sap begins to flow.

Maple trees – Sugar Maples, especially – are prized for their high sugar content, making them ideal for producing sweet syrup.  Among the first trees planted by the Dawes family at The Arboretum were 50 sugar maple trees.  We have been making maple syrup and sharing this experience with visitors since the mid-1960s.

This season, break the monotony of winter with a trip to The Dawes Arboretum to see maple syruping in action!

The Log Cabin is open daily from February 20 through March 6 from 10am – 4pm.  Public guided tours on the syrup trail take place on Saturdays, February 20, February 27 and March 5 at 2pm.  Tours depart from the Main Shelter and are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.  All tours are free; donations are appreciated.  Registration is not required.  The trail can also be enjoyed as a self-guided experience anytime the grounds are open.

Groups of 15 or more can schedule a free, private tour during Maple Syrup Madness by contacting us online or by calling 740.323.2355.  A perfect opportunity for scouts, schools, home school groups, tour groups, or businesses.

Can’t make it to The Arboretum, but don’t want to miss out on the fun?  We’ll come to you with our Maple Syrup Roadshow!  Click here to learn more.  Free; availability is limited and a mileage fee may apply.