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

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?

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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 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.

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