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.


Our guide is sponsored by our friends at Elite Sports Clubs who support active families, in and out of the gym. Find out more.

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!

Tapping the Sugar Bush

Come to the Richfield Historical Park on March 23, 2019, and learn about the maple syrup process.

See maple trees tapped, sap drip - drip - dripping into the bags fastened to the trees and steam hovering above the boiler while the sap bubbles. 

Maple Syrup Family Days (Free!)

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.

It's Maple Sugar Time


 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.

Maple Sugarin' Festival

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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 Sugaring Free Family Adventure

Enjoy Riveredge Nature Center's 100% pure maple syrup, “all you can eat” pancakes made with organic flour along with ham, coffee, and other beverages. With a live band, you can expect a party! The event is held outdoors at the evaporator in their new Sugarbush House.

Pancake Breakfast and Sugarbush House Dedication