SUMMIT, NJ - The groundhog has had his 'say', now it is Mother Nature's turn.

One of the first signs of spring is maple syrup season,  and one of the early signs of spring at Summit's Reeves-Reed Arboretum (RRA) is 'Maple Sugaring Fest' which, this year, is set for March 1, from 1 - 4 p.m. 

Those attending will enjoy a brisk winter afternoon outdoors, learning the steps involved in turning tree sap into delicious maple syrup. There will be tapping and cooking demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, games, and taste tests, all at this annually anticipated, family-friendly interactive festival.

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The Arboretum's Director of Education, Jackie Kondel, along with Environmental Educators Althea Llewellyn, Marilyn Kelly, and Linda Price, will head up the team of RRA staff and volunteers who will start the fires going and to heat up the hot cocoa. 'Maple Magic' returns as the featured vendor, offering tasty maple cotton candy.

'Maple Sugaring Fest' is an outdoor event and, as such, guests are reminded to wear boots and dress for the weather. The event's snow date is March 8.

Maple Sugaring Fest is free to all Arboretum members, while admission for nonmembers is $5 per person or $20 per family. For more information, visit reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787, ext. 1010.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue.