March is Maple Syrup Time

Posted: March 02, 2020

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 7
Maple Sugaring
Kline Creek Farm, County Farm Rd., West Chicago
See how sap becomes syrup as you tap with tools from the 1890s, check the collection buckets, watch sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup. This program is free, but there is a suggested admission donation of $5 per person ages 3 and up to enter the farm. Registration not required. All ages. 1-4pm. Learn more...

March 7
Maple Syrup Magic
Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher
From the earliest times, Native Americans and pioneers of the Midwest made maple syrup from the sweet sap of the sugar maple tree. Learn how it’s made, find sugar maple trees on site and try some real maple syrup. History has never been sweeter! Registration required by Friday, March 6. All ages. 1-3 p.m. FREE. Learn more...

March 7-8
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 from maple trees. See how maple syrup is made at the evaporator house. Grades K-5. 10am - 3pm. Tours leave every 15 minutes. FREE. Learn more...

March 7-8, 14-15
Sap's Rising
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook
Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making. All ages. 1:30pm. FREE. Learn more...

March 7-8 14-15, 21-22
Maple Syrup Hikes
Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods Rd. south of Half Day Rd., Riverwoods
March 9-10, 16-17, 20, 23-24, 25. Learn how trees work and about the sweet sap of sugar maples. Registration required! Learn how trees work and about the sweet sap of sugar maples. Ryerson Woods is one of the few places in Lake County where conditions are right for maple syrup production, and where trees grow to the diameter and height that allow for tapping. Everyone gets a taste. Hikes start every half-hour from 12–2 pm. Please dress for the weather. $6. Children 3 and under, FREE. Learn more...

March 14
Sugar Bush Fair
Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley, 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. All ages. 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. FREE. Pancake breakfast available for a cost. Learn more...

March 15
Maple Syrup Harvest
Community Park, 1201 Park Avenue W., Highland Park
Discover the sweet sugar from our maple trees, listen to a folklore of how maple sap was discovered, take a short hike to learn about how we know when our trees are ready, how to tap a tree and the process of making the sweet syrup. And have a taste of our very own maple syrup on pancakes from our trees! Ages 6 and up. 10-11:00am and 11:30am-12:30pm. $12. Additional pancakes available for purchase, cash only. Learn more...

March 21
Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Rd., Oak Brook
Enjoy the outdoors as you discover the science behind the sweet secret of turning tree sap into syrup. This 75-minute guided tour along a quarter-mile woodland trail will take you past to present in maple syrup production and enjoy samples along the way. Discover sap collection techniques and weather patterns that help us know when it’s the perfect time to begin this spring tradition. Tours depart every 20 minutes until 2 p.m. All ages. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110. All ages. 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.. Tours depart every 20 minutes until 2 p.m. $10 per person. Learn more...

March 21
Maple Fest
Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S River St., Batavia
Join our annual tradition of turning Maple sap into Maple Syrup. After a short presentation, head out onto the trails to learn some of the history behind how this delicious product was made throughout the years before ending with a scrumptious tasting! Additional refreshments will be available for purchase. Everyone 3 years and up must have a ticket for entry to their timed presentation. All ages. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $2. Learn more...

March 22
Maple Syrup Festival at NPV
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago
Learn the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Stroll the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, listen to music, make a maple craft, warm up by the fire, and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire. The Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet and warm tradition, fun for all ages. Enjoy a visit with the Chicago Turtle Club and various vendors. Registration is not required. All ages. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. FREE.Learn more...

March 23-24
Maple Syrup Festival at NPV
Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S River St., Batavia
Join our annual tradition of turning Maple sap into Maple Syrup. After a short presentation, head out onto the trails to learn some of the history behind how this delicious product was made throughout the years before ending with a scrumptious tasting! Additional refreshments will be available for purchase. Everyone 3 years and up must have a ticket for entry to their timed presentation. All ages. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $2. Learn more...