HUNTERDON PARKS MAPLE SUGARING LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM

Public Open House

Date: Saturday, March 3

Rain date: Sunday, March 4 (check our website or call 782-1158 for cancellation information)

Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tours begin every 20 minutes and last about 1 hour.

Pre-registration is not required.

School Field Trips and Other Organized Groups

Dates: Wednesday through Friday, February 28 to March 2

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tours scheduled every 30 minutes and last about 1 hour.

Pre-registration required; call 908-782-1158.

Location: Echo Hill

Ages: All

Cost: $1 per person suggested donation

Native Americans discovered the sweet quality of sugar maple sap before written history.  For hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, Native Americans would set up camp in a stand of sugar maples during the sap run.  The sugar they produced was an important food for them and for the colonists, who learned the process from the Native Americans.  It was only during the 1930s when maple sugar took the form we use today: syrup!

Experience first-hand the North American tradition of maple sugaring at Hunterdon County’s Maple Sugaring Program.  You’ll take a trip through time to experience the art of the sugaring process.  Along the way you will see an early American Frontiersman taping his trees, visit a sugar “farmer” at his evaporator, and enjoy a Native American story about the discovery of maple sap.  At the end of your walk everyone will get a free taste of real maple syrup on a silver dollar pancake.

*Also available: Maple Sugar To Go!  Let us bring Maple Sugaring to your location with our new Maple Sugaring bus!  1 hr, $50 in-County, $75 out-of-County (limited range).  Call the office to schedule a program.

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION: Have your group help us collect sap!  On weekdays throughout February, we will schedule groups to visit the Sugar Bush.  We will discuss how we tap our trees, and we will collect the sap.  Experience a different part of Maple Sugaring!  Call us to schedule your group.  Echo Hill, 1 hour, 6-25 people, ages 5 to adult (kids with adult help), $30 for the group.  Families and individuals can sign up for a sap collection program on February 10 (see Recreation Programs).