Riveredge Maple 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.

Maple Sugar Season!

50+ year History

With over 50 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 Sugarbush

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 interests - check out the schedule below and join in the fun and festivities!

Micro-Sugaring Home Tapping Kits!

Bring the science, history, and fun of tapping home! Tap a tree on your property or a tree that you have access to. This is an excellent opportunity to visit friends and family members in a outdoor environment while learning about natural science. Cooked down into the tastiest lesson ever!

And keep in mind...pancakes and syrup aren't just for kids - sweeten your Valentine's Day with a micro-sugarin' kit!

On-sale in mid-February. See the Riveredge Nature Store for details.

Volunteer to Tap and Collect Sap at Riveredge!

February is giving way to March and pretty soon the sap will be flowing overnight in the 400-tree Riveredge Nature Center Sugarbush! Riveredge has a wonderful cast of volunteers who help haul buckets and bags of sap throughout maple sugarin’ season. All of it has to make its way to the Sugarbush House, where those grand clouds of steam are cooked into syrup. If you’re active and looking for an opportunity to fill your lungs with fresh forest air – join us to help collect sap!

Pancake Breakfast Sugarbush House

Saturday, April 3 | at 9:00am - 10:00am, 10:30am - 11:30am, or 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Riveredge Pancake Breakfast

Join us for a unique, socially distanced pancake breakfast taking place throughout Riveredge Nature Center's 400 Sugar Maples that we tap annually!

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Masks will be required for all attendees. Space is limited; advance registration strongly encouraged.

The 9:00am and 10:30am programs have reached capacity; we recommend registering for the 12:00pm time slot ASAP.

Riveredge Sugarbush App - Grow a Maple Anywhere!

Are you curious to learn why the Sugar Maple tree is the best at producing sweet sap? Explore how this tree prepares all year long for a tradition that Riveredge calls its "fifth season" with our brand new Sugarbush App available for download (iPad 13.0 or newer) or stop by the Visitor Center to check it out on one of our devices. Click to request a free app code using the form linked here. An iPad demo is also available to use onsite at the Riveredge Visitor's Center through the month of March.