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.
Saturday, February 29 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Maple Tapping for Families
Help us prepare for the sugarin’ season by tapping the maple trees in Riveredge’s sugarbush. 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!
Saturday, February 29 | 9:30am - 11:30am
Maple Tapping for Amateurs
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. 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.
Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7 | 5:30 - 9:00pm
Maple Syrup Suppers
We welcome sugarin’ season in style with a special celebration for Riveredge members and their guests only. Feast on a delicious maple syrup infused supper, enjoy live music with a beer or wine in hand (the first one’s on us!), and take a short but magical nighttime hike to our cozy Sugarbush House! Limited space available, register early!
Saturday, March 14 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sugarin' Day 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. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Call (262)416-1364 to register. Space is limited.
Saturday, March 21 | 10:00am - 2:00pm *
Maple Sugarin' Festival
Riveredge’s Maple Sugarin' Festival will take you on a journey through the sugar bush where you will experience the 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 our cozy Sugarbush House you'll be greeted by the steam of the evaporator and see how sap is transformed into syrup. All participants are invited to enjoy one of our famous pancakes with 100% real Riveredge maple syrup. Lunch & refreshments are available for purchase. Don't miss Fermentorium Never Frown Brown Ale accompanied by real maple sugar! Pre-registration suggested.
* The Maple Sugarin' Festival goes until 3:00pm. Festival attendees must have arrived and be checked in by 2:00pm.
Saturday, April 4 | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Join us to enjoy this unique treat featuring Riveredge’s 100% pure maple syrup, “all you can eat” pancakes made with organic flour along with eggs, coffee, and other beverages. With a live band, you can expect a party! Dress for the weather as the event is held outdoors at the Sugarbush House.