Can you feel it in the air? It's maple sugarin' season!

In late February and March, the earliest signs of spring begin to show, and the maple trees are ready to be tapped. Local nature centers gear up for their annual maple sugaring events, where kids and families to learn about the process in a hands-on, interactive way.

Maple Tapping for Families

Help prepare for the sugarin’ season by tapping the maple trees in Riveredge Nature Center's sugar bush. They need eager helpers to drill the holes, tap in the spiles and hang the buckets. This event is great fun for the whole family!

Maple Syrup Family Days (Free!)

Learn all about the maple sugaring process and see maple trees tapped at Richfield Historical Park, including sap drip - drip - dripping into the bags fastened to the trees and steam hovering above the boiler while the sap bubbles. 

It's Maple Sugar Time

Begin inside the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center with a story of how maple sugaring may have been discovered. Then travel outside through the stages of making maple syrup.

 Top the morning off with REAL maple sugar over pancakes.

Maple Sugarin' Festival


 Journey through the sugarbush at Riveredge Nature Center.


Learn how to tap a maple tree, observe live demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy music, games, see the new Sugarbush House, visit the evaporator, and more.

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Maple Sugaring Free Family Adventure

Join in for a FREE family adventure with the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee.


Drill, tap and collect sap at their nature center in Dodge County. Registration required.

Maple Sugar Days for Families


Celebrate the spring thaw and our Wisconsin heritage at Wehr Nature Center's Maple Sugar Days. The program includes a short walk to the sugarbush, a visit to an old-time sugarin’ camp, a boil down demonstration and hands-on activities for children, guided hikes, and pancakes with maple syrup!