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10 Maple Sugaring Events in Southeast Wisconsin (2022)

As late winter gives way to early spring, that can only mean one thing: Maple sugaring season is here!

Find interactive, hands-on events in nearby woods that are perfect for kids and families. Tap a sugar maple tree, learn how many gallons of sap get turned into a few gallons of maple syrup, and steal a taste of that sweet, Grade A pure Wisconsin maple syrup that completes your pancake breakfast.

Maple Sugaring events typically occur at the end of February through early April.


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1. NatureNauts: Maple Magic (Wehr Nature Center)

Sunday, March 13, 2022, 1-2 p.m.
Monday, March 14, 2022, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
9701 W. College Ave. Franklin, WI 53132
Pre-registration required
Admission: $12 per person; $10 for Milwaukee County residents; $7 for Friends of Wehr members (+$4 parking fee for non-members)
Website

NatureNauts Maple Magic sugaring event Wehr Nature Center Franklin Wisconsin
Photo Credit: friendsofwehr.org

NatureNauts (children 4-6 years old and their favorite adults) have the opportunity to learn about sap, sugar, and syrup from Wisconsin’s state tree – the Sugar Maple. Explore the sugarbush, collect sap, and see it turned into real maple syrup. Register here for all the tasty, sweet fun.


2. Sugar Moon Family Hike (Schlitz Audubon Nature Center)

Friday, March 18, 2022, 7-8:30 p.m.
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
Admission: $10 Members; $15 Non-Members; 2 and under FREE
Website

maple tree tapping sugaring Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @SchlitzAudubonNatureCenter

Take the family for an evening hike under the full moon of March – also known as the Sugar Moon. Learn about the history of maple sugaring and why this moon gets such a sweet name. Make a stop at the maple trees, then hike down to the beach and watch the moon rise above Lake Michigan. Finally, gather around the fire and listen to indigenous legends of maple sugaring while enjoying some maple treats. This program is designed for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Note: This program will take place entirely outdoors.


3. Maple Sugarin’ Shindig (Riveredge Nature Center)

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10-11:45 a.m. and 12:15-2 p.m.
4458 County Rd Y, Saukville, WI 53080
Admission: Non-Members $35 per family; Trail Pass Members $25 per family; All Access Members $10 per family
Website

Riveredge Nature Center is the go-to destination for all things maple sugaring in Southeastern Wisconsin. At the annual Maple Sugarin’ Shindig, you can enjoy storytelling, a scavenger hunt, and a tour ending at the Sugarbush House to see how sap is made into golden and sweet maple syrup. Register online for one of two time slots: 10:00-11:45 a.m. or 12:15-2:00 p.m.


4. Maple Sugar Days (Wehr Nature Center)

March 19-20, 2022, Noon-4 p.m.
9701 W. College Ave. Franklin, WI 53132
Pre-registration required
Admission: $10; ages 2 and under FREE (+$4 parking fee for non-members)
Website

Maple Sugar Days at Wehr Nature Center Franklin Wisconsin
Celebrate the spring thaw and our Wisconsin heritage at Wehr’s annual 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 stories about the Native American origins of maple sugaring.

Every participant will receive a warm pancake with real Wisconsin maple syrup to enjoy. Other maple treats, along with DIY tapping equipment, will be on-sale in the Friends of Wehr Nature Store.

Hikes begin at noon and continue every 15 minutes until 4 p.m. Pre-purchased tickets are required.

5. Hawthorn Glen

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center
1130 N. 60th St., Milwaukee, WI
Admission: $5 for City of Milwaukee residents; $8 for non-residents
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maple tapping sugaring event Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center Milwaukee Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @HawthornGlenOE

Explore Hawthorn Glen in search of Wisconsin’s state tree – the Sugar Maple. Learn how to identify and tap a maple for sap. Learn ways both traditional and modern for turning the sap into maple syrup, the valuable liquid that once sustained Native Americans. Ages 5 and up.


6. Maple Sugar Time! (Schlitz Audubon Nature Center)

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
Admission: $10 Members; $15 Non-Members; 2 and under FREE
Website

Maple sugaring event at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @SchlitzAudubonNatureCenter

Besides learning how maple sap turns into syrup and how to identify a maple tree, attendees will hear one of the many tales of how maple sugaring came to be. There will also be five hands-on activities along the trails. All participants will receive a PDF copy of a trail map with activity locations and descriptions prior to the event. Before you leave, visit the sweetest station of all for a delicious treat!

Note: This program will take place indoors and outdoors, so please review the current mask policy before you go.


7. Catholic Ecology Center

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
W1468 County Rd., Neosho, WI 53059
Admission: $5 Members; $8 Non-Members
Website

Maple sugaring event Catholic Ecology Center Neosho Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @catholicecologycenter

If you’re up for a drive, head out to the Catholic Ecology Center in Neosho. There you’ll learn about the art and ecology of maple syrup, and watch sap boil into syrup outside. Taste testing is encouraged, and samples are unlimited. Maple syrup will be available for purchase.


8. Lake Geneva Maple Fest

Sunday, March 20, 2022, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Covenant Harbor, 1724 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Admission: $10 Adults; $7 Kids 4-12; Children under 3 FREE
Website

Lake Geneva Wisconsin Maple Fest Covenant Harbor
Photo Credit: Facebook, @Covenant.Harbor

Make a day trip to Lake Geneva for the return of Maple Fest! Festivities will include an oatmeal pancake breakfast, an outdoor market, and a few family-friendly activities. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local children who attend the summer Day Camp program.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations made online. If the weather allows, dining will be outside with limited indoor seating. There will also be grab-and-go hot pancake breakfast boxes ready all day.


9. Maple Syrup Family Day

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Richfield Historical Park, 1896 State Road 164, Richfield, WI 53076
Admission: FREE
Website

Richfield Historical Society maple sugaring event
Photo Credit: Facebook, @richfieldhistoricalsociety

New this year at Maple Syrup Family Day is a pancake breakfast with delicious maple syrup drizzled over your stack ($6 for unlimited pancakes, three sausage links and beverage). Learn about the maple syrup production process, and experience pioneer life by helping render lard and more fun activities. And, try a delicious taste of maple cotton candy.


10. Pancake Breakfast (Riveredge Nature Center)

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 9-10 a.m.; 10:30-11:30 a.m.; and Noon-1 p.m.
4458 County Rd Y, Saukville, WI 53080
Admission: Non-Members $15 adults, $13 ages 12 and under; Members $12 adults, $9 ages 12 and under
Website

Riveredge Nature Center Pancake Breakfast Wisconsin maple syrup sugaring season
Photo Credit: riveredgenaturecenter.org

Close out the maple sugaring season in style with an-all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast held outside, right in the middle of the sugarbush at the Riveredge Nature Center. This event is not weather-dependent, so dress accordingly (boots are recommended for trails that may be muddy). Mimosas and beer will be available for cash purchase. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required, with three seating times to choose from. Space is limited.


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