Family Events 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 treat at these 2017 events. « Previous Next » Christina Clark • February 3, 2017 Add Comment Tweet In the early spring months, the maple trees in Michigan celebrate the end of winter by contributing enough sap to produce tubs full of sugary syrup. Get ready to whip up a huge batch of pancakes, waffles, and all other breakfast foods that deserve a good drizzle. Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are all offering a plethora of opportunities for the whole family to learn more about the maple sugaring process – from tapping a tree to turning sap into syrup. Some events also feature hikes through nature and the opportunity to enjoy maple treats. Check out this list to explore the variety of pleasantly sticky situations to take part in. After all, what’s a good flapjack stack without a rich shower of Michigan-made maple syrup? 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 Sugaring Through the Ages at Oakwoods Metropark Feb. 25, March 4, 11 and 18, 2017 Register: ASAP in advance Address: Oakwoods Metropark, 32911 Willow Road, New Boston Phone: 734-782-3956 Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (all days) Cost: $6/adults, $4/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 Time at Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center March 4, 11 and 18, 2017 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: $9/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 Indian Springs Metropark March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017 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., 1 and 3 p.m. Cost: $5/person, $10/vehicle entry Warm days and cold nights make 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. Maple Sweetness at Wolcott Mill Metropark March 4-5, 11-12 and 25-26, 2017 Register: Not required Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township Phone: 586-749-5997 Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $5/person, $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 Syrup Tour at Maybury Farm March 4-26, 2017 (Saturdays-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: Tours depart at 1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. Cost: $7/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. Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival at Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center March 11, 2017 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; parking: $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 Magic at Red Oaks Nature Center March 11, 2017 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 and tap maple trees. You’ll get to taste the sap and other maple treats, and learn to make maple syrup at home, too. Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast at MSU Tollgate Farm March 11-12, 2017 Register: by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017 Address: MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi Phone: 248-347-3860 Times: 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-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 in a 19th century barn with some coffee, cocoa and pancakes topped with yummy maple syrup. 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. Maple Sugaring at Farmington Hills Nature Center March 12 and 26, 2017 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 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. Maple Syrup Festival at Wolcott Mill Metropark March 18-19, 2017 Address: Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64100 Kunstman Road, Ray Township Phone: 586-749-5997 Times: 11 a.m.-3 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 25, 2017 Register: ASAP in advance Address: Cass Benton Park, Northville Road, north of Six Mile Road, Northville Phone: 734-261-1850 Times: 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $6/kids, $2/adults See the historic sugar bush that still exists in our area. There will be a short hike, pancakes, and a tree-tapping demo. It’s all outside, so be sure to dress for the weather. Maple’s Sweet Story at Kensington Metropark March 2017 (Saturday-Sundays) 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 2017 (Saturday-Sundays) 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 Syrup Tours at McLennan Gardens March 2017 (when you see smoke on the weekends, 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 are also crafts for kids, food and more – it all depends on what you are looking for.