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Entice Your Senses at the Maple Sugar Festival
MORRISTOWN, NJ – The peak of the sugaring season is celebrated with the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, March 1 at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. From 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. watch smoke billow from the evaporator and tree-tapping demonstrations, and become entranced by the sweet smell of maple sugar as you savor a cup of hot, homemade apple cider. Experience making maple cream first hand and taste the final product. Kids enjoy a variety of crafts, games, and maple snow cones.

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.

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!