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Maple Sugarin’ Festival

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Riveredge’s Maple Sugarin’ Festival will take you on a journey through the sugarbush where you will experience the maple sugarin’ season like never before. Along the way, you’ll learn how to tap a maple tree, observe live demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy music, games, and so much more! When you reach the evaporator, you’ll see how sap is transformed into syrup and enjoy our famous pancakes and 100% pure Riveredge maple syrup. Lunch & refreshments are available for purchase (including a special serving from The Fermentorium for the “kids at heart”). 

Festival activities will include:

  • Tree tapping treks
  • Historical legends and experiences including Native American Sugarin’, Pioneer Sugarin’ Techniques, and the Legend Tree
  • A live blacksmith/branding demo (brand your own tree cookie to take home with you!)
  • Animals of Riveredge scavenger hunt quest
  • Syrup tasting
  • Indoor crafts and games to warm up to
  • Face painting
  • Make your own pancake mix
  • A visit from the Riveredge Sugar Dragon?!
  • Music
  • Lunch hour refreshments for purchase
  • And for the big kids, don’t miss our friends at The Fermentorium pouring their Never Frown Brown Ale served specially with real Riveredge maple syrup!

Pre-registration suggested.

Cost: Non-Member: $10 per person | Trail Pass Members: $6 per person | All-Access Members: FREE!

Cancellation Policy: Registrant will be refunded 75% of registration fee if cancellation occurs up to 7 days (1 week) before the event.  Any cancellations within 7 days of the event will not be refunded unless the event is cancelled by Riveredge staff.

Tips for a Sweet Experience:

  • Please note- all hikes and sugarin’ experiences start at our Main Building. Parking is available in our main lot and along Singing Hill Road but prohibited along HWY Y.
  • Each participant will have an opportunity to taste sumac berries, maple sugar, and a piping hot organic pancake with 100% Riveredge maple syrup. Unfortunately, we do not have food allergy substitutes for those with sensitivities to dairy, eggs, nuts, and gluten.
  • Sugarin’ season weather can be unpredictable! Please dress accordingly for an outdoor adventure. Programs will go on in spite of weather conditions.
  • There is a small store at our Sugar Shack with tasty treats for purchase from barbecue sauce, to 100% maple candy, and of course Riveredge’s maple syrup. Please note that these purchases can be made with Cash Only.
  • The Fermentorium will be on site serving local beer for those 21 and older. ID required. Cash purchases for beer only!


March 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Riveredge Nature Center
4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715