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Sweet Maple Sugaring at the Great Swamp OEC

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Maple syrup is winter’s sugary treasure! The sap is flowing and the sugaring season is underway at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Come experience all the sweet sights, sounds, and smells at one of the Maple Sugaring Demonstrations held on select Saturdays and Sundays in January, February, and March, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Get involved in the process from start to finish by identifying and tapping maple trees, collecting sap, and seeing syrup made over a wood-fired evaporator. Think you can identify the differences between maple syrups? Take a taste test of three distinct maple syrups, a store bought syrup made from corn syrup, a farm produced syrup made from sugar maple trees, and the syrup made from the red maple trees at the Great Swamp OEC. Let us know which one you enjoy the most! Admission is $3 per person.

The peak of the sugaring season is celebrated with the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, March 14, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Head outside and watch smoke billow from the evaporator, and become engulfed in the sweet smell of maple sugar. Make maple cream first hand and taste the final product. Kids enjoy a variety of crafts and games, and maple snow cones.

Bring your friends and family and take a fascinating guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ to discover how sugaring has changed since it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

If you are thinking of making your own syrup at home, spiles are on sale along with easy instructions on how to get started. Purchase fresh, local, maple products from a maple sugar farmer and treat yourself to delicious food available for purchase. Festival admission is $4 per person, rain or shine. For more information please call the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center at 973.635.6629.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations take place on the following dates:

January: 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31
February: 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 28
March: 1, 7 & 8

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Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.
Where to Go for Outdoor Winter Fun
MORRISTOWN, NJ – It’s time for winter fun! Get up, get out, and discover the many winter activities waiting for you right here in Morris County. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy winter fun like snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and sledding.

Discover a new, healthy hobby with friends and family by welcoming the snow with a day out on the sled at Tourne County Park’s various hills in Denville. Cross-country ski through the beautiful trails at Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township. Lace up your skates and glide across the ice at the flooded, in-line skating rink at Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany. Director of Recreation, Reynold Fauci stated, ‘There’s nothing more invigorating then sledding down the Doe Meadow hill at Lewis Morris County Park. The snow flies past your face, and your heart races down one of our largest sledding hills. You have to be a real daredevil to attempt it from the top!’

If indoors is more your style, head over to Mennen Sports Arena and check out one of the three ice surfaces. Don’t have ice skates? Rent a pair of ours, both hockey and figure skates are available. So quit hibernating and embrace one of New Jersey’s most cherished

seasons. There’s so much excitement and adventure waiting for you, don’t miss out! For more information, including a full list of outdoor recreational sites and activities, please visit morrisparks.net.

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The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Beyond allegedly chopping down a cherry tree, what else do you know about George Washington’s gardening habits? The father of our nation and his compatriots, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison regarded themselves foremost as farmers and plantsmen. For them, gardening and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their beliefs in liberty for the nation they were creating.

At Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation the New York Times best-selling author and historian, Andrea Wulf,, shows how plants, politics and personalities intertwined. This unique re-telling of the creation of America is offered on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 1:00pm, at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, NJ.

This beautifully illustrated lecture looks at the lives of America’s founding fathers and how their attitude towards plants, gardens, nature, and agriculture shaped our nation. “We are thrilled that a book about gardeners achieved the status of best seller,” remarked Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education. “Gardening is America’s second favorite pastime and we expect that gardeners, along with history buffs, lovers of architecture, and foodies will enjoy this program,” she added. This talk will be followed by light refreshments and a book signing. To register and learn more about the program, which costs $50, visit arboretumfriends.org.

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Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.


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