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 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Festival of the Sugar Maples
Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo
Festival of the Sugar Maples is a great way to get outside in the crisp spring air! Learn how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago, how the trees make sap, see several sap collecting methods, and how we make the syrup today. Registration is required and group size is limited. Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. All ages. 10am. FREE. Learn more...
Kline Creek Farm, County Farm Rd., West Chicago
Enjoy a day in nature with the family! Discover how sap becomes syrup as you try tapping with tools from the 1890s, check the collection buckets, and watch sap thicken over the fire. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. No registration. All ages. 1-4pm. FREE. Learn more...
Maple Syrup Harvest
The Preserve of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave West, Highland Park
Listen to a folklore of how maple sap was discovered, tap a tree, and discover the sweet process of making syrup. All participants, including children and adults, must register for the program. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Ages 6 and up. 10-11am or 11:30-12:30pm. $12. Learn more...
March 5, 6, 12, 13
Maple Syrup Hikes
Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods Rd. south of Half Day Rd., Riverwoods
Saturdays and Sundays March 5, 6, 12, 13. 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. All ages. Reserve a time slot, see web site. $6 over 4, ages 3 and under free. Learn more...
March 5, 6, 12 or 13
Maple Tapping Hikes
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
March 5, 6, 12 or 13. Explore seasonal themes on guided, family-paced hikes through the Arboretum’s diverse tree collections. In March, discover (and taste!) the fascinating cultural and natural history of maple trees. Register online. All ages. 1 to 2 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. $10 member $17 guest. Learn more...
March 5, 6,12, 13 and 19
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook
March 5, 6,12, 13 and 19. Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making. Registration required, call (847) 824-8360. All ages. 10:30 am. FREE. Learn more...
Maple Tree Tapping
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. River Forest
Join us on a short walk as we discuss the history of tapping, tap a maple tree to taste some fresh sap and some finished syrup. All ages. 1:30 pm. FREE. Learn more...
Red Oak Nature Center, 2343 S River St., Batavia
Join our annual tradition of turning Maple sap into Maple Syrup! After a short indoor presentation, head out onto the trails to learn some of the histories behind how this delicious product was made throughout the years before ending with a scrumptious tasting! All ages. Tours on the hour: Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon; Sunday Noon to 2 p.m. FREE Learn more...
Sugar Bush Fair
Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Spring Valley's popular celebration of spring's arrival is back! Learn about the history of maple syruping at our demonstration areas, view historic re-enactments and enjoy one of the best breakfasts around including pancakes, sausage, beverages and real maple syrup served under a large enclosed tent located near the Merkle Cabin, a short walk from the Nature Center. All ages. 9am - noon. Free, $6 for pancake breakfast. Pre-registration by March 18. Learn more...