Celebrate the peak of maple sugaring season at the annual Maple Sugar Festival held at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township, Saturday, March 3 from noon to 4 p.m.

Enjoy a wide variety of fun activities, such as tree tapping demonstrations, maple cream making and tasting, snow cone making, and more. Take a guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ and discover how sugaring has changed since it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago. Taste test a variety of syrups, and learn about the evaporation process on an authentic wood-burning evaporator.

If you are interested in making your own syrup at home, spiles are on sale along with easy instructions on how to get started. A maple sugar farmer is also on hand selling fresh syrup products.

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Admission is $4 per person, and the festival is held rain or shine. For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit morrisparks.net or call 973.635.6629.

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