Great Swamp Hosts Maple Sugar Demonstration

Experience the entire process of maple sugaring from tree tapping to tasting the pancake-topping treat at Morris County Park Commissions Maple Sugaring Weekends between January 18 and March 8.

Discover the Sweet Smells, Sights and Tastes of Maple Sugaring

The trees will be tapped and the firewood chopped at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for hour-long, maple sugaring demonstrations in January, February, and March, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., on Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and March 1, 7 & 8.

Watch as staff members identify and tap maple trees and collect the flowing sap. Witness syrup making over a wood-fired evaporator. Best of all, taste-test the Great Swamp’s own homemade syrup.

Learn to appreciate the quality differences, and the process that is required to make this tasty treat. Demonstrations are fun for all ages!

Admission is $4 per person. No registration is required, but space is limited. All demonstrations are held rain or shine.

The season culminates with the Maple Sugaring Festival on March 14.

The annual Maple Sugar Festival will be Saturday, March 14, from noon to 4 p.m. featuring more tree tapping, maple cream, a guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ and an array of supplies and instructions on how to get started at home next year. A maple sugar farmer will sell fresh syrup products.

Festival admission is $5 per person

For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit or call 973.635.6629.

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 20,197 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!

Event Properties

Event Date 02-01-2020 1:00 pm
Individual Price $4.00
Location Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center