Maple Sugaring Syrup Events in Southeast Michigan

In March, metro Detroit's trees are packed with the sugary sap needed to make maple syrup. Learn about the process and get a tasty treat at one of these 2016 maple sugaring events.

Maple Sugaring Events Southeast Michigan

What’s better than a huge stack of pancakes drizzled in delicious maple syrup? Michigan is known for cranking out this yummy stuff, especially in the early spring months, when our maple trees practically ooze the sap needed to make it. In celebration of Michigan’s richest tradition, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties have tons of maple sugaring events for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you want to watch a tree being tapped, learn the process of making sap to syrup, learn fun facts about Michigan’s maples, or just enjoy some home-grown maple treats, there’s an event for you. Peruse this list to find the right one for you and your family.

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Note: Weather plays a huge role in the maple tapping and sugaring process. On the days when it’s below freezing, the sap won’t flow through the trees. Some of these events will cancel, others will go on to show you the “tapping” process without the sap, and some programs may cancel portions of their demonstrations. It’s a good idea to call ahead if you aren’t sure. Also, some events require advance registration (which we note), be sure to call to register when needed.

Maple Magic at Red Oaks Nature Center

Feb. 27, 2016

  • Register: pre-registration with payment required
  • Address: 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-858-0916 or 245-585-0100
  • Times: 2-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person

Dress for the weather because this program will have you hiking through the woods to identify maples trees. You’ll get to taste the sap and other maple treats, and learn to make maple syrup at home, too.

Maple Sugaring Through the Ages at Oakwoods Metropark

Feb. 27-28 and March 5-6, 2016

  • Register: ASAP in advance; space is limited
  • Address: Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-782-3956
  • Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, $10/vehicle entry

Freezing cold temps won’t stop this event, where you’ll learn how maple sap is collected and melted down to make delicious maple syrup, and the ways that maple trees helped early Americans.

Maple Syrup Tours at McLennan Gardens

March 2016 (when you see smoke, stop by or call to set up group tours)

  • Address: McLennan Gardens, 10950 M-52, Manchester
  • Phone: 734-428-7005
  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: call for pricing details as prices vary for different tours

These tours cater to the specific person who books it. If you are looking to learn and explore the adventure of tree tapping, there’s a tour for you. And if you are there to just taste-test, there’s a tour for you, too. There’s also crafts for kids, food and more – it all depends on what you are looking for.

Maple Syrup Tour at Maybury Farm

March 2016 (Saturdays and Sundays)

  • Register: Not required, but call in advance as the program will cancel if it is too cold
  • Address: Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville
  • Phone: 248-374-0200
  • Times: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $6/person, free/under age 2

Take a hayride to the sugar bush to learn the step-by-step process of making maple syrup, and purchase some sweet maple products before you leave.

Maple’s Sweet Story at Kensington Metropark

March 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27, 2016

  • Address: Kensington Metropark Farm Center, 4570 Huron River Road, Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-8632
  • Times: noon-3 p.m. (Tours begin every half hour)
  • Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, $10/vehicle entry

Head to this local spot to take a guided walk of the farm’s sugar bush, which starts every half-hour and lasts around an hour. While on the walk, you’ll get to identify the perfect tree, and watch a demonstration on how trees are tapped to get the sap.

Journey to the Sugar Bush at Hudson Mills Metropark

March 5-6, 12-13, 19 and 26, 2016

  • Register: ASAP in advance; be sure to call ahead in case of freeze-related cancellations
  • Address: Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-426-8211
  • Times: program: 10 and 11 a.m. and noon; breakfast: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: program: $5/adults, $3/kids; Breakfast: add $5.50/adults, $3.50/kids; $10/vehicle entry

This program will show you the history behind the area’s maple-making, and will take you to the park’s sugar bush to tap a tree. Once the sap has been gathered, you can watch the sap be melted down into syrup. End your visit with a pancake and sausage breakfast.

Maple Sweetness at Wolcott Mill Metropark

March 5-6, 19-20 and 26 and 28, 2016

  • Register: Must register and pay in advance; call ahead as soon as possible (slots fill quickly)
  • Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Times: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, $10/vehicle entry

Families are invited to get their hands dirty at this hands-on maple-sugaring event. Start by exploring the history of maple syrup. Then head to the trees to learn how to identify the right trees, and what tools are necessary to tap the tree and boil the sap down. There will be crafts, a short movie and syrup taste-testing, too. Dress for the weather because this event happens outdoors.

Maple Sugaring at Indian Springs Metropark

March 5, 12, 19-20, 2016

  • Register: Pre-registration is required and program fee is due when registering
  • Address: Indian Springs Metropark, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-625-7280
  • Times: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle entry

Warm days and cold nights make are the perfect combo to get the sap flowing. Learn this, and other facts, how to identify and tap trees, melt down the sugar and do some taste-testing at this sweet, sweet program, which ends with French toast sticks and maple syrup. Tours typically welcome 20-30 people.

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Maple Syrup Time at Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center

March 5, 12 and 19, 2016

  • Register: ASAP in advance; tours fill quickly
  • Address: Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, 6685 Coolidge Highway, Troy
  • Phone: 248-688-9703
  • Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (tours leave every half hour)
  • Cost: $8/ages 13-plus, $6/ages 4-12, free/ages 3 and under

Check out the sugar bush on the grounds at this local spot. Learn about the art, science and history behind maple sugaring, how to tap the trees and make the sap into syrup, and take a taste of real maple syrup and maple cream. You’ll get a modern-day lesson on the practice, too.

Maple Sugaring at Farmington Hills Nature Center

March 6 and 20, 2016

  • Register: ASAP in advance; spots are limited and program sells out
  • Address: Farmington Hills Nature Center, 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-477-1135
  • Times: 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person, $21/per family of four

This event marks the beginning of spring as families learn to identify maple trees, collect their sap and boil it to make maple syrup. Take notes on how to make syrup at home, and be sure to stick around for a PURE maple syrup treat toward the end of the program.

Life of a Maple Tree at Kensington Metropark

March 10, 2016

  • Register: ASAP, in advance
  • Address: Kensington Metropark Nature Center, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8917
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/child, $10/vehicle entry

Kids ages 8-10 will learn why maple trees release sap in the spring by “transforming” into a living maple tree and acting out the process by which the tree makes the sap we use to create syrup.

Maple Magic at Wint Nature Center

March 12, 2016

  • Register: Pre-registration with payment required
  • Address: Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248-858-0916 (during the week) or 248-625-6473 (on weekends)
  • Times: 2-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person

Have a magical day at this fun event, which will teach you how to identify and tap trees, and how to make your own syrup. Taste-test some maple goodies, too.

Maple Syrup Festival at Wolcott Mill Metropark

March 12-13, 2016

  • Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64100 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, $10/vehicle entry

Stop at different stations around the park to learn the process of making maple syrup, make a craft and warm up by the fire. Don’t forget to pick up a tasty maple souvenir, too.

Maple Sugaring at Cass Benton Park in Northville

March 12 and 19, 2016

  • Register: ASAP in advance
  • Address: Cass Benton Park, Northville Road, north of Six Mile Road, Northville
  • Phone: 734-261-1990 or 734-261-1850
  • Times: 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $6/kids, $2/adults

See the historic sugar bush that still exists in our area. There will be a short hike, and tree tapping demo, and it’s all outside so be sure to dress for the weather.

Maple Sugaring at Kensington Metropark

March 18, 2016

  • Address: Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-8632
  • Times: 10 and 11 a.m. and noon
  • Cost: $3/kids, $5/adults, $10/vehicle entry

Do you homeschool your kids? Bring them to the park today to learn what maple sugaring is and why it’s important to our region. Here, kids will see a live maple tree being tapped, the sap being turned into syrup, and take a tour of a Native American sugaring camp.

Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast at MSU Tollgate Farm

March 19-20, 2016

  • Register: by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016
  • Address: MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-3860
  • Times: 9 a.m.-noon and noon-3 p.m. with pancakes and activities in the barn an hour before each program
  • Cost: $15/ages 13-plus, $12/ages 3-12, free/2 and under

Kick off this event with some pancakes, topped with yummy maple syrup, coffee and cocoa, in a 19th century barn. Once you’ve had your fill, head outdoors for a wagon rides and some lessons in maple tapping and sugaring, with the help of real historical tours.

Syrup and Sugar at Oakwoods Metropark

March 20, 2016

  • Register: ASAP in advance
  • Address: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-782-3956
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, $10/vehicle entry

Learn about the Michigan tradition of maple syrup and sugaring and learn how to do it at home at this family-friendly event.

Backyard Sugaring at Oakwoods Metropark

March 20, 2016

  • Register: Preregistration is required; space is limited
  • Address: Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-782-3956
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, $10/vehicle entry

This program is geared at those folks who are interested in making their own syrup at home. Here, you’ll learn the gear and knowledge you need to set up your own small-scale sugaring station in your backyard.

Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival at Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center

March 19, 2016

  • Register: Call to register in advance
  • Address: Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road, Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-3170
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, $11/Michigan recreation passport

Take a guided walk through the trees to see a variety of methods of collecting sap, and boiling it down to make syrup. You’ll also watch a film about the process, see the tools used on display at the Waterloo Farm Museum, and pick up some maple products for purchase.

Maple Sugaring Hike and Breakfast at Oakwoods Metropark

March 26, 2016

  • Register: ASAP in advance
  • Address: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston
  • Phone: 734-782-3956
  • Times: 8 a.m.
  • Cost: $6/person, $10/vehicle entry

Take a morning walk to see what happens to the maple trees during the late winter, and enjoy a French toast stick and sausage breakfast.

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