Tuesday, February 27, 2018

12 Maple Tapping Events in the Chicago Suburbs

12 Maple Sugaring Events in the Chicago Suburbs 2018

Spring is in the air and it is time to tap trees for a maple sugar harvest! We are very lucky to have so many great maple tapping events in the suburbs to help you learn and even participate in this process! Enjoy some of these events this season:

Maple Sugaring Days: March 3-4, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles, 1PM-4PM, learn how to tap maple trees, learn how to set a tap, see sap thickening into syrup over a fire, take a nature hike, taste local syrup, free

Sap's Rising: March 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, walk through the forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the history of maple syrup production, free

Maple Sugaring: March 3 & 4, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-4PM, try your hand at tapping, watch maple sugar thicken and more, free

Maple Syrup Hikes, March 10-25 on weekends, Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, 12PM-2PM every half hour, see tapping in process, see how tap turns to sap, $6 pp, children under 3 free, must register: 847-968-3321

Festival of the Sugar Maples: March 3-4 and March 10-11, Coral Woods Conservation Area, Marengo, 10AM-3PM, learn how trees produce sap and how it is collected, see syrup made in the evaporator house, hikes, free admission, treats for sale

Maple Syrup Harvest, March 11, Sunset Woods Park, Highland Park, 10AM-11AM or 11:30AM-12:30PM, for ages 6 and up, learn how to make maple syrup through hikes and activities, hands-on tapping, $10 pp, must register by March 9

Sugar Bush Fair, March 17-18 Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg, 9AM-12PM, demos of maple syrup production, a pioneer maple sugaring camp, puppet show, hayride, admission is free, also a breakfast with pancakes, $4 for half stack, $5 for full if register before, $5 and $6 respectively at the door

Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day: March 17, Fullersburg Woods, Oakbrook 10AM-2PM, 75-minute guided stroll through the woods to learn about how maple syrup is produced, $10 per person, must register--register online

Maple Fest: March 17, Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, 9AM-1:30PM, learn how people and woodpeckers tapped trees for maple sugar, maple tapping demos every hour, free, maple snacks and hot beverages for sale

Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch: March 17 & 18 Morton Arboretum, Lisle, on a guided like learn about maple syrup tapping and see how it is done, sample maple syrup, afterwards enjoy a brunch, $18 pp for members, $25 for non (fee includes Arboretum admission), must register

46th Annual Maple Syrup Fest: March 18, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 11AM-3PM, tree tapping hikes, maple syrup making, maple syrup history and more, free.

Making Maple Syrup Stick!, March 24, Prisco Community Center, Aurora, 9AM-2PM, breakfast with real maple syrup, ride to and from Red Oak Nature Center where naturalists will teach you how maple syrup is made, $5 pp resident, $7 non, family of four $15/$21

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