Maple Sugaring Syrup Events in Southeast Michigan

In March, our state's trees are oozing with sugary sweetness! Take part in learning how to make maple syrup with this list of family fun events in 2015.

Maple Sugaring Events Southeast Michigan

Most have knocked on wood, but have you tapped a maple tree? Get ready for the month of March – maple syrup season in Michigan! With this season lasting four to six weeks in early spring, it’s a great time to learn what it takes to make maple syrup at one of these cool events in southeast Michigan. Nature centers in the southeast Michigan area offer hands-on activities teaching families this process. Did you know 10 gallons of sap only makes one small quart of syrup? Wow! You’ll learn things like this and much more Check out the events in metro Detroit and beyond.

Note: When weather stays below freezing during the day, sap typically won’t flow through the trees – so, even though you can watch the “tapping” process, you won’t see the sap actually flow out of the trees. Be sure to call ahead; while most programs still run, some might get cancelled (with this very cold winter we’ve had in 2015, it’s safest to check!). Also, it’s a good idea to call ahead in general, as most programs require advance registration, which we note right under the dates, where applicable).

Maple Syrup DIY at Wint Nature Center

Feb. 28, 2015

  • Register: By the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 27; must call in advance
  • 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

Make “maple magic” with this fun event while learning how to identify and tap trees, how to make your own syrup and, of course, enjoy a taste test of the sap and many other maple treats!

Maple’s Sweet Story at Kensington Metropark

Feb. 28, March 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2015

  • Register: No registration is required
  • Address: Kensington Metropark Farm Center, 4570 Huron River Road, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • Times: noon-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, $7/vehicle entry

Even if the temps are cold, this program goes on (with a few minor alterations if the sap doesn’t flow). It features a guided walk through the sugar bush while learning how to identify the perfect tree. There will also be a demonstration of how trees are tapped and sap is collected.

Journey to the Sugar Bush at Hudson Mills Metropark

Feb. 28-March 22, 2015

  • 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: 10 and 11 a.m. and noon
  • Cost: event: $3/kids and $5/adults; breakfast: $3.50/kids, $5.50/adults; $7/vehicle entry

Explore the historic art of collecting sap and processing it into syrup with this fun learning program. Then tap, track and taste the sap, staying for an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast!

Maple Syrup Tours at McLennan Gardens

March 2015 (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: $5/person for large groups, but it’s better to call for pricing details as prices vary

Stop by for a presentation of the delicious maple syrup making process and explore the adventure of tree tapping. Kids can make a craft, too. Make sure you enjoy a delectable ice cream treat covered with maple candy and syrup.

Maple Sweetness at Wolcott Mill Metropark

March 1, 7, 21-22 and 28-29, 2015

  • Register: Must register and pay in advance; call ahead as soon as possible (slots fill quickly)
  • Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64100 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Times: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, $7/vehicle entry

Families can participate and get hands-on with the tools for tapping while exploring the history of maple syrup. Kids can then enjoy crafts and a short movie while taste testing this sticky substance. Dress for the weather as this event is mainly outdoors.

Maple Sugaring at Indian Springs Metropark

March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2015

  • Register: Pre-registration is required and program is fee due when registering
  • Address: Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-625-6640
  • Times: Call for times
  • Cost: $5/person, $7/vehicle entry

Learn who discovered the sugaring process; then lace up your boots for a hike to the sugar bush to learn tree tapping. Don’t leave without getting a taste of French toast sticks dipped in real maple syrup. Yum!

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Maple Sugaring Through the Ages at Oakwoods Metropark

March 7 and 14, 2015

  • 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: $4/person, $7/vehicle entry

Freezing cold temps won’t stop this event! Offers fun hands-on demonstrations about the yummy art of gathering sap to make syrup, sugar, candy and more. Includes an outdoor hike to the sugar shack and indoor portions – plus samples to taste. Starter kits, coloring books and more are for sale, too.

Maple Syrup Time, Past & Present at Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center

March 7, 14 and 21, 2015

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

Discover the process, learn the basics, experience nature and see what’s cooking in the sugar shed. Enjoy mini waffles topped with pure maple syrup, too. Ages 4-plus. The show must go on whether freezing temps occur or not.

Maple Syrup Tour at Maybury Farm

March 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2015

  • Register: Registration is not required. Call in advance to make sure the program is taking place – will cancel if the weather 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

Hey! Or should I say hay? This event offers a hayride to the sugar bush. Learn the step-by-step process that goes into making maple syrup and purchase maple syrup products before you leave.

Maple Sugaring at Farmington Hills Nature Center

March 8 and 22, 2015

  • 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 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person, $21/per family of four

Families will learn how to identify a maple tree, collect sap and boil it to make maple syrup. Take notes to learn how to make syrup from your own maple tree back home. Don’t leave before trying the pure maple syrup treat near the end.

Maple Syrup Festival at Wolcott Mill Metropark

March 14-15, 2015

Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64100 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
Phone: 586-749-5997
Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids, $7/vehicle entry

At different stations, learn the process of making maple syrup. Then, warm up by the fire while taste testing and crafting. Don’t forget a tasty maple souvenir! Registration is not required.

Maple Tapping and Pancake Celebration at MSU Tollgate Farm

March 15, 2015

  • Register: ASAP in advance
  • Address: MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-0269
  • Times: session 1: 9 a.m./pancakes, 10 a.m.-noon/program; session 2: noon and 1-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $12/person

Tap a maple tree, hop on a wagon and taste maple syrup – but before you do that, sit in an old barn and enjoy some fresh pancakes and music. Open to all ages. Parents can also enjoy some freshly brewed coffee before the adventure begins.

Backyard Sugaring at Oakwoods Metropark

March 21, 2015

  • 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: $4/person, $7/vehicle entry

Geared at those interested in tapping their own maple tree for pure maple syrup, this event teaches you the process and principles, setting you up to make your own syrup and enjoy it over pancakes.

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

March 21, 2015

  • Register: ASAP in advance; space is limited
  • 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

Learn how syrup is made through guided walks to show how it’s collected – plus, watch a short film about the process. View the display of tools used for making syrup at the Waterloo Farm Museum.

Maple Sugaring at Cass Benton Park in Northville

March 21 and 28, 2015

  • Register: By the Friday before each event
  • Address: Cass Benton Park, Northville Road, north of Six Mile Road, Northville
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Times: 10 and 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $6-$7/kids, $2-$3/adults

A historic sugar bush still exists in this area. Dress for a short trail hike and check out a tree-tapping demo. Eat pancakes and then enjoy a sample of that delicious syrup.


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