A dozen sweet maple syrup events


It's the sweetest season of the year: maple-tapping time! And all across Chicagoland, nature centers are rising to the occasion. Hit up one of these event for a sweet (and educational) time, but bring your own wet wipes.


Sap's Rising

Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end to learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making.


Knee-High Naturalists: Going Batty

Find out what bats live here, what they like to eat and where they go in the winter months. Enjoy hands-on activities, experiments, hikes, stories and crafts. Please dress your child for the weather.


Maple Syrup Harvest

Learn the art of tapping trees to make maple syrup. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Festival of the Sugar Maples

Learn the history of maple sugaring and evolution of the sap collection process, then taste Coral Woods maple syrup.  Tours start every 15 minutes, last an hour, and involve a half-mile hike. Dress for the weather. On Sunday, you can stop for breakfast before or after the Festival, at Smithwood BBQ Grill, 6517 Main St. Breakfast is $6 adults and $3 kids, and is served from 7 a.m.-noon.


Spring Fever Maple Sugaring at Naper Settlement

Learn the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way and try a maple treat.


Sugar Bush Fair

Features a pancake breakfast, authentic demonstrations of maple syrup production, a pioneer sugar camp, children's puppet show and a wagon shuttle to event area. Syrup and other goodies available for purchase.


Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Sunday

Features a guided stroll through the woods to discover the secret of turning tree sap into syrup.


Maple Syrup Time

Learn how trees are tapped and sap is collected, visit the sugar shack where the sap from the tree is boiled, evaporating the water and leaving sweet syrup, talk to colorful Voyageur-era volunteers as they make maple sugar over an open fire, see the miller grind corn into cornmeal, watch the video “Maple Sugar Farmer” and stop by the General Store to purchase pure maple syrup, maple sugar candy, and maple souvenirs, as well as Amish-made apple butter, preserves, maple tea and more.


A Taste of Maple Syrup Fest

Guests watch a maple sap boil, taste real maple syrup, and learn how the sweet breakfast staple gets from the tree to your plate. There will be live music, art-making, and plenty of family friendly activities. A maple syrup-themed lunch will also be available for purchase from Big Guys Sausage Stand.


Maple Fest

Watch how maple sap is turned into delicious maple syrup, and learn how people through the ages and even animals like woodpeckers, have tapped maple trees for maple sap. Programs begin on the hour. Maple-themed snacks and hot beverages will be available for a small fee (cash or check only).


Maple Syrup Festival

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 up by the fire, and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire.


Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch

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.


Maple Syrup Festival

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a special day of activities including crafts, games, tree tapping and maple syrup history.

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