RiveredgeMaple Sugarin'

Everything's sweeter during Maple Sugarin' season.

No one does maple sugaring like Riveredge. 

We see maple sugarin’ as a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons, teach about the wonders of the forest and trees around us, and experience the pure magic of turning a byproduct of nature into a delicious treat.

Maple sugarin’ season has something for everyone. Whether you’re a scout troop looking to learn just how this syrup stuff is made, an individual looking to learn how you can tap the trees in your own backyard for fun or profit, or a family looking to celebrate the season at a special festival or supper, we’ve got something we’re sure you’re going to love.

40 year history.

With over 40 years of experience, we've got maple sugarin' in our blood. Join the maple sugarin' family and experience the decades old traditions that have formed. Can you say pancake and a... pickle?

Full production bush.

This is no demo area! With around 400 trees tapped each year, we’re a full production bush making actual maple syrup to feast on. Pick up the finished product any time of year in our gift shop!

Events galore!

When we say season, we mean season! We've got events for all ages and focuses- check the schedule for 2018 out below and be sure to join us for the festivities!

March 18, 10 AM - 3 PM

Maple Sugarin' Festival

Riveredge’s Maple Sugarin’ Festival will take you on a journey through the sugar bush 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 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. 
Festival activities include (stay tuned for more!): Syrup tasting, historical legends and experiences, indoor crafts and games, a live blacksmith/branding demo, animals of Riveredge scavenger hunt, tree tapping treks, a visit from the Riveredge Sugar Dragon, lunch hour refreshments for purchase, music and, for the big kids, don’t miss The Fermentorium serving Never Frown Brown Ale served with real maple sugar!
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April 8, 9 AM - 1 PM

Pancake Breakfast

Morning never felt so good. A unique treat featuring Riveredge’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, expect a party! Dress for the weather as the event held outdoors at the evaporator in Riveredge’s sugar bush.

February 24, 9 - 11:30 AM

Maple Sugarin' For Fun and Profit

Maple sugaring on a small scale is a great way to welcome spring! It’s easy, fun and a great educational activity. Even with just a few trees, you can make enough syrup for gifts for friends and family. In this adult-oriented class, join the Riveredge staff to see the sugaring process from beginning to end. Learn how to identify and tap a maple; collect and boil down the sap; and how to finish off and bottle the syrup!

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February 24, 1 to 2:30 PM

Tapping the Sugar Bush

Help us prepare for the sugarin’ season by tapping the maple trees in Riveredge’s sugar bush. We need people to drill the holes, tap in the spiles and hang the buckets. When it’s maple sugarin’ time, spring can’t be far behind! (This event is great fun for the whole family!)

March 2 OR 3, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Maple Syrup Suppers

Riveredge members (and any guests they’d like to bring with them!) are invited to to eatdrink, and be merry while learning more about the sugaring season and getting a special night tour of the evaporator!

  • On the menu: A delicious feast featuring just the right infusion of maple syrup with each dish (full menu to come!)
  • Bottoms up: Your first beer, wine, or soda is on us!
  • Get those toes tapping: One of our favorite bands, Embedded Reporter will be on hand to play their unique blend of folk, blues, country, and more.

March 10, 9:45-11:30AM • 12-1:45PM • 2:15-4PM

Maple Sugarin’ for Scouts & Youth Groups

The sap is running and sugarin’ time is here! Join a naturalist for a guided tour of the sugar bush, tap a tree, collect sap and gather around the evaporator to see how boiling sap becomes syrup. Enjoy the final product on a pancake before heading for home.

Three time slots are available, but this event fills fast each year! For more information or to sign your scout or youth group up, please call Cassie at 262-416-1364.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Maple sugarin' season wouldn't be nearly as sweet without the help of our generous sponsors.