Maple Sugar Days

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FREE booklet, Backyard Maple Sugaring, or, The Family Boils Down.
(Just print in landscape mode and fold!)

Maple Sugar Days: sap boildown, hike to the sugarbush, measuring and drilling trees

Maple Sugar Days
March 29-30, 2014
Preregistered Scout & Youth Groups: Noon, 12:20 p.m., and 12:40 p.m.
General Public: 1–4 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Watch the video of a past Maple Sugar Days

Get the spring juices flowing at Maple Sugar Days! Your whole family will hike with a naturalist guide to the sugarbush to see tapped sugar maples and taste fresh sap as it drips from the trees. Next, you'll visit an old-time sugarin' camp and hear stories of how the old-timers produced maple syrup and sugar – but you may be distracted from the stories by the oh-so-sweet aroma of clear maple sap boiling down to rich, dark maple syrup!


Hands-on Activities for Kids and Kids at Heart
To get a real feel for the "maple-sugarin' game," use a hand drill on a log, try Native-American methods of boiling sap without the benefit of metal pans, and make a craft. For a sweet reward, sample real maple syrup on a pancake at this first ritual of spring.

The program begins with a short hike to the sugarbush and a visit with an old-time sugar maker. The first tour starts at 1 p.m.; the last tour, 4 p.m. Come prepared to walk on wood-chipped trails through the woodland, dress in layers, and dress to keep your feet warm.

If you're inspired to try tapping your own maple trees, instruction sheets will be available, and Wehr's Nature Store will have sugaring equipment and maple-candy treats for sale.

Concessions will be available for sale-- including made-on-site, maple cotton-candy!

Make sugarin' a new family tradition! Learn more about it in our free booklet, Backyard Maple Sugaring, or, The Family Boils Down. (Just print in landscape mode and fold!)


Maple Sugar Day for Scout and Youth Groups 

  • Preregistered Scout/Youth Groups
    Leaders, register in advance for hikes 
    Reserved Hike Times: noon, 12:20 p.m., 12:40 p.m.

    The Scout/Youth program starts with a 45-minute guided hike to the sugarbush and sugarin' camp. After the hike, your group is invited to do hands-on activities outside and inside.
    You must have 1 adult for every 5 children.
    The Maple Sugar Fun Patch is available at a discount if pre-ordered at time of registration. Patches may be purchased in the Nature Store.

  • Scout/Youth Groups attending the General Public Program
    No reservation required
    No guarantee of hike start time. Groups may be split as necessary

    You must have 1 adult for every 5 children

    Your pay-at-the door fee does NOT include the Maple Sugar Fun Patch. Patches may be purchased in the Nature Store.


2014 Admission
Preregistered Scout/Youth Groups,* noon–1 p.m.  $5 per person
    Pre-Ordered Discounted "Maple Sugar Fun Patch" (at time of registration)
General Public, 1–4 p.m., Pay at the Door  
    Age 3 & Up  $5 per person
    Age 2 & Under*  FREE
*One paid adult must accompany every 5 children  
Regular Parking Fee in effect  



Questions? Contact Us
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-8550


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