SUMMIT, NJ - One of the early signs of spring is about to seep into the Hilltop City's collective consciousness.

Maple syrup season is here, and with that sweet development comes Reeves-Reed Arboretum's (RRA) Maple Sugaring Fest, which will be held February 26 from 1 - 4 p.m.

A late winter, brisk afternoon outdoors will include learning the steps involved in turning tree sap into delicious maple syrup, such as tapping and cooking demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, games, and taste tests.

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The family-friendly interactive festival will also see RRA's Director of Children’s Education, Jackie Kondel, along with Environmental Educators Lisa Martin and Althea Llewellyn, head up the team of RRA staff and volunteers to start the fires going and to heat up the hot cocoa.

Attendees are reminded to wear boots and dress in weather-appropriate clothing.

The event has been underwritten by Investors Savings Bank, with admission free to all RRA members. The non-members cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. For more information visit or call 908-273-8787, ext. 1010.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is locate at 165 Hobart Avenue.