March is Maple Syrup Time

Posted: February 28, 2017

March is Maple Syrup tapping time, and these upcoming events will help your kids understand how the process works.. and let them get a taste as well!

March 4
Maple Syrup Harvest
Rosewood Beach, Highland Park
Discover the art of tapping a maple tree to make maple syrup through a story, hike, activities, and hands on practice. Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Registration deadline: Mar 3. Min/Max is 6/20. Ages 6 and up. 10-11am or 11:30am-12:30pm. $9. Register online. Learn more...

March 4-5, 11-12
Festival of the Sugar Maples
Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo
Hear how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago. Discover how maple trees produce sap each spring learn how sap is collected, and see how maple syrup is made at the evaporator house. All ages. 10am - 3pm. FREE, Pancake breakfast available at the Lion's Club at 6517 Main Street, Union for $3 Child/$6 Adult. Learn more...

March 11
Knee-High Naturalists, Maple Sugaring Time
Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
March is maple syrup season! Find out where maple syrup comes from, how it's made and most importantly, how good it tastes! This is a drop off program. Register online. Ages 4-5. 1:00-2:15 p.m. $14 residents, $21 non-residents. Learn more...

March 11-12
Maple Sugaring Spring Fever
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
Learn the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way and see a maple tree tapping demonstration. Enjoy hands-on activities and presentations that recount Illinois’ Native American heritage and pioneer past and try a tasty maple treat. Each of the historic buildings will have a different theme and special activities for families to enjoy. All ages. Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm. $12/adult, $10/senior (62+), $8/youth (4-12). Learn more...

March 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.
Maple Syrup Hikes
Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods Rd. south of Half Day Rd., Riverwoods
Witness the wonder of turning sap from sugar maple trees into sweet maple syrup. Hikes are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, March 11-26. Participants hike into the woods to view the sap collection in progress and then head over to the evaporator to learn how the sap becomes syrup. Everyone on the tour gets a taste of the final product. Registration is required. All ages. Every half hour from Noon - 2pm. Cost is $6 per person, under 3 free. Learn more...

March 16
A Taste of Maple Syrup
Cummings Square, 536 N Harlem, River Forest
oin us to celebrate the start of spring! Learn how real maple syrup is made and participate in a variety of family-friendly activities. All ages. 11 am - 2 pm. FREE. Learn more...

March 18
Maple Sugaring for 9 - 12 year olds
Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
March means it's time for maple syrup! Learn how maple trees are tapped, how maple syrup is made from tree sap and get a chance to sample 100% pure maple syrup. This is a drop off program; parents do not need to stay with their child(ren). 1-3pm. $16(R)/$24(N). Learn more...

March 18
Maple Fest
Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S River St., Batavia
Learn about delicious maple syrup through tree tapping demonstrations at Red Oak Nature Center. Maple snacks and hot beverages available for cash purchase. All ages. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. FREE. Learn more...

March 18-19
Sugar Bush Fair
Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Visit Spring Valley’s annual celebration of nature’s sweet gift of maple sugar. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, juice and coffee. See authentic demonstrations of maple syrup production, a pioneer sugar camp, children’s puppet show and a hayride. Syrup and other goodies will be available for purchase. General admission free. Breakfast tickets available. All ages. 9AM to Noon. FREE. Learn more...

March 18-19
Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Take a guided hike to learn the history of maple tapping and see how it’s done! Complete your experience with maple syrup sampling and family style brunch. Register online for a timeslot. For ages 2 and up. $18 members, $25 nonmembers. Learn more...

March 22
Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Sunday
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Rd., Oak Brook
Visitors of all ages can get a sampling of this lip-smacking treat. During this program, visitors take a 30-minute guided stroll through the woods to discover the secret of turning sap into syrup. The program is $10 per person. Advance registration is required by calling (630) 850-8110. All ages. 10am - 3pm. $10 per person. Learn more...

March 25
Maple Syrup Festival
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago
Come and see the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, make a maple craft, warm yourself by the fire, and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire. All ages. 10am - 3pm. FREE. Learn more...