Maple Sugarin’ Festival

March 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Maple Sugarin’ Festival

The fifth season is approaching- the Maple Sugarin’ Season! Bring your families, bring your friends to celebrate this sappy gift from the trees! Along a half-mile hike through the maple forest, you can tap a tree, trade nature items for maple candies, observe various means of syrup production through history, and complete a sappy scavenger hunt. Upon arrival at the Sugarbush House, listen to live music while you sip sap tea, or maple-sugar rimmed beer for the adults, and taste the Riveredge special- pancakes & pickles! You’ll learn just how sap is made into golden & sweet maple syrup.

See below for more Maple Sugarin’ Festival details.

All ages welcome!

Members ages 3+: $3 | Non-members ages 3+: $5 | Children under 3: Free!

Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended.

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Sponsors:

 

5 Corners Storage

The Steve and Terry Johnson Fund

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    Children under 3: Free!

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Check in and Registration at the Main Visitor Center

Parking
When the Main Visitor Center lot fills up, there will be parking available at Newburg Fireman’s Park, and a bus shuttle will be running. There will be spots reserved for those with limited mobility at the Main Visitor Center.

Timing
The festival runs from 12-4pm on Saturday, 3/16, come and go as you please! Live music at the Sugarbush House from 1-3pm

Accessibility
A shuttle will be provided between the activities at the Main Visitor Center and those at the Sugarbush House. There will be additional accessible parking reserved at the Main Visitor Center. All-terrain wheelchairs are available to reserve for the event. Learn more or reserve a wheelchair here.

Weather
Riveredge events run rain, snow, or shine! We will adapt activities as weather demands, and ask that you dress for the forecast. The majority of the event is outdoors. Registration is non-refundable.

What to Expect
You can look forward to activities like:

  • Tree Tappin’ Trading Post
  • Maple Legends, Stories, and Songs
  • Try-it-Yourself Tree Tappin’
  • Crafting with Natural Materials
  • Evaporator Demonstration
  • Live Music at the Sugarbush House from 1-3pm
  • Delicious treats! A pancake & pickle in syrup is provided with your registration. Additional pancakes will be available for purchase, as well as hot chocolate, black coffee & specialty maple sugar coffee, maple sugar rimmed beer (21+), sap tea, and popcorn.

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March 16 @ 12:00 pm 4:00 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

Youth and Scout Maple Sugarin’ Days

March 9 and 10 @ 9:30, 11:30, and 1:30 each day

Youth and Scout Maple Sugarin’ Days

Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H groups, and youth organizations of all kinds are invited to a sweet adventure at Riveredge Nature Center! This 1.5-hour program is designed for young people to delve into the fascinating world of maple syrup production. Participants will witness the enchanting process from tapping maple trees to the final amber product during a naturalist-guided hiking tour of the Riveredge sugarbush.

Engage in hands-on activities such as identifying maples, tapping trees, and experiencing the magic of sap turning to syrup. Our knowledgeable guides will share the history and science behind maple sugaring, making this experience both educational and delicious. Immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds, and tastes of this traditional practice, fostering a deeper appreciation for nature and its sweet bounty. Take part in a time-honored Riveredge tradition- a pancake & pickle, topped with maple syrup produced by the trees you’ve just visited. Don’t miss out on this sticky, sweet adventure that promises to leave everyone with a lasting, maple-flavored memory!

For scouts and youth ages 4+
A minimum of 1 chaperone per 10 youth is required. 3 chaperones maximum per group. If your group is larger than 25 youth, please register for more than 1 group. The maximum number of youth per session is 75 (3 groups of 25).

$50 per 5-10 youth| $75 per 11-15 youth
$100 per 16-20 youth, $125 per 21-25 youth

Pre-registration is required by March 2 at 11:59 pm. Use the links below to register for your choice of time slot.

Saturday 9:30-11am FULL   Saturday 11:30am-1pm
Saturday 1:30-3pm FULL   Sunday 9:30-11am
Sunday 11:30am-1pm   Sunday 1:30-3pm

March 9 @ 9:30 am 3:00 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

Family Tapping

February 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Family Tapping

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!

For ages 5+ (younger siblings welcome to tag along!)

Member Adult (12+): $5 | Non-member Adult (12+): $10
Member Child (5-11): $3 | Non-member Child (5-11): $5

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-register by February 23 at 11:55 pm or register at the program if spots are available.

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    For Ages 5+
    Younger siblings welcome to tag along!
    See prices above

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Members:

If you need to check your membership status , please reach out to our Membership Manager, Renee Buchholz at rbuchholz@riveredge.us or call the Riveredge office at 262-375-2715.

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February 24 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

From Sap to Syrup

February 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

From Sap to Syrup

Maple sugaring on a small scale is a great way to welcome spring! Join 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.

Ages 18+

Members: $15 | Non-members: $25

Pre-registration required by February 23 at 12:00 pm (noon)

Register Here

Members:

If you need to check your membership status , please reach out to our Membership Manager, Renee Buchholz at rbuchholz@riveredge.us or call the Riveredge office at 262-375-2715.

To become a member, click here

February 24 @ 9:30 am 11:30 am

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

Maple Sugarin’ Festival

March 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Maple Sugarin’ Festival

The Festival is back! The Maple Sugarin’ Shindigs have been wonderful, but it’s time- you are invited to our grand celebration of spring- the Maple Sugarin’ Festival!

See description below.

In an effort to make the Maple Sugarin’ Festival more accessible to everyone, the registration fee is the same for members and non-members this year. Instead of a discount, members will get some fun Riveredge swag when they arrive at the festival!

All ages welcome!

Everyone ages 2+: $3 | Children under 2: Free!

Pre-registration is highly recommended, but not required. Online registration will close at 4pm on Friday 3/17. Walk-in registrations will be available the day of the festival!

Register Here

Sponsor: Outpost Natural Foods

Weather Forecast
Saturday will be cold and windy. Trails are icy. Please dress in warm layers! We have adapted activities for warmth and safety.

Instead of hiking through the Sugarbush, a shuttle will be provided between the activities at the Main Center and those at the Sugarbush House. We will have additional Handicap Parking available at both sites if you will need your vehicle for transport.

Check in and Registration at the Main Center.

Parking
If parking fills up at the Main Center, there will be parking available at Newburg Fireman’s Park, and a bus shuttle will be running.

Timing
The event runs from 12-4pm on Saturday, 3/18, come and go as you please! Live music at the Sugarbush House from 1-3pm

What to Expect
You can look forward to activities like:

  • Adventure Add-On: Geocaching!
    Using a GPS unit, go on a treasure hunt around Riveredge in search of hidden containers, and leave with a prize. $5 per family.
  • Beaded Sumac Zipper Pulls
  • Tree Tappin’ Trading Post
  • Maple Legends, Stories, and Songs
  • Try-it-Yourself Tree Tappin’
  • Crafting with Lesley
  • Evaporator Demonstration
  • As well as delicious treats! A pancake & pickle in syrup is provided with your registration. Additional pancakes will be available for purchase, as well as…
    Hot chocolate
    Black coffee & specialty maple sugar coffee
    Maple Sugar Rimmed Beer
    Sap Tea
    Popcorn
  • Riveredge Kid, Josh Ammons, will be strumming his guitar and singing sweet tunes next to the woodstove from 1-3pm. While you listen, peruse the Sugarbush Store for maple goodness to take home, and check out local artist, Keaton Diffor’s beautiful, nature-inspired work (all eyes on the Pancakes in the Woods cards and stickers).
  • To become a member, click here

March 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 4:00 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

Scout and Youth Maple Sugarin’ Day

March 11 and 12
9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Scout and Youth Maple Sugarin’ Day

Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, and youth groups of all kinds are invited to this special weekend! Learn how maple trees are tapped and syrup is made in a naturalist-guided tour of our sugarbush. Take part in a time-honored Riveredge tradition- a pancake & pickles, topped with maple syrup produced by the trees you’ve just visited.

Two dates and three times each day are available:

Saturday, March 11, 2022 9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Sunday, March 12, 2022 9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Ages 5-12 | $6 per scout | 2 chaperones can join for free

$25 deposit required to book | $50 minimum

Registration required by March 3, 2023

Sign Up Here

March 12, 2023 @ 9:30 am 3:30 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
+ Google Map
(262) 375-2715

Scout and Youth Maple Sugarin’ Day

March 11 and 12
9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Scout and Youth Maple Sugarin’ Day

Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, and youth groups of all kinds are invited to this special weekend! Learn how maple trees are tapped and syrup is made in a naturalist-guided tour of our sugarbush. Take part in a time-honored Riveredge tradition- a pancake & pickles, topped with maple syrup produced by the trees you’ve just visited.

Two dates and three times each day are available:

Saturday, March 11, 2022 9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Sunday, March 12, 2022 9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Ages 5-12 | $6 per scout | 2 chaperones can join for free

$25 deposit required to book | $50 minimum

Registration required by March 3, 2023

Sign Up Here

March 11, 2023 @ 9:30 am 3:30 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
+ Google Map
(262) 375-2715

Family Tapping

February 25 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Family Tapping

Help us prepare for the Maple 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!

Ages 5+

All Access Member: FREE! | Trail Pass Member: $5 Adults, $3 12 & under | Non-member: $9 Adults, $7 12 & under

REGISTRATION IS FULL.

  • Registration

    Ages 5+
    All Access Member: FREE!
    Trail Pass Member: $5 Adults, $3 12 & under
    Non-member: $9 Adults, $7 12 & under
    REGISTRATION IS FULL

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February 25, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

From Sap to Syrup

February 25 9:30 am – 11:30 am

From Sap to Syrup

Maple sugaring on a small scale is a great way to welcome spring! Join 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.

Ages 18+

All Access Member: $10 | Trail Pass Member: $15 | Non-member: $25

Registration closes February 24 at 11:59 pm

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  • Registration

    Ages 18+
    All Access Member: $10
    Trail Pass Member: $15
    Non-member: $25

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February 25, 2023 @ 9:30 am 11:30 am

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

Nature Tots: Sweet Treats from the Sugarbush

March 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Nature Tots: Sweet Treats from the Sugarbush

The sap is running and sugarin’ time is here! Join us as we learn about this special time of year- when animals and people seek the sweet sap of a sugar maple. We will hike to the sugarbush to tap a maple tree, taste some sap and gather around the evaporator to see how boiling sap becomes syrup.

Nature Tots is an early childhood program designed for learners ages 2-5 years old, accompanied by an adult guardian (little siblings ages 0-1 are welcome to tag along). A Riveredge Naturalist will focus on outdoor exploration, literacy, physical development, nature intelligence, and social development.
Programs will be cancelled and refunded in the case of inclement weather.

All Access Members: $4 | Trail Pass Members: $6 | Non-members: $8

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    Ages 2-5
    All Access Members: $4
    Trail Pass Members: $6
    Non-members: $8

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Members:

Be sure to sign in to your account in the upper right corner to activate your membership benefits. Membership discounts on programs will be applied to your cart at checkout. If you haven’t created an account with our new system, be sure to create one using the email address associated with your membership.

If you need to check your membership status or you aren’t sure what email address we have on file, please reach out to our Membership Manager, Renee Buchholz at rbuchholz@riveredge.us.

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March 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

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