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Maple sugaring events and festivals in Central PA


How sweet it is! Here’s our roundup of maple sugaring events and festivals in Central PA.

If we missed your event, email us at jplank@centralpennparent.com and we’ll sure to add it!

Maple Sugaring – Naturalist Led Tours
Central Park

1050 Rockford Rd., Lancaster, PA, 17602
Saturday, February 24, Sunday February 25 and Sunday, March 4, 2018

Join County Park Naturalists for ongoing maple sugaring demonstrations in the sugar bush of Lancaster County Central Park. See trees being tapped, sap boiled to syrup, and candy made from syrup. Maple products will be on sale. Drop in for a free self-guided visit or register for an hour-long Naturalist-led tour for $2.00 per person. Private programs, on days other than those listed above, are also available for a small fee. Come to Central Park and follow the signs or the smells to maple sugaring. Call (717) 295-2055 to inquire about private programs. Register for the hour-long guided tours by noon on Friday February 23. $2.00 per person.
Hour-long Naturalist-led tours on the hour on the following days. $2.00 per person. Register here.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, walks on the 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 1 – 4 p.m.

Maple Sugar Festival
Fort Hunter Mansion & Park
5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Noon – 4 p.m.
Taste real maple syrup on ice cream, try tapping a tree, see maple syrup and candy making.  Many children’s activities and delicious PA maple products are for sale. Enjoy a video on maple syrup making and try the taste test.  FREE.

Mount Hope Maple Madness
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
1537 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, PA
Saturday, February 24 and March 3, 2018
Pancake Breakfast and Local Art & Craft Vendors, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Maple Sugaring Tours (90 minute tour; last tour begins at 12pm and runs until 1:30pm)
Tickets available at the door. 9 a.m. – noon
All-you-care-to-eat Pancake Breakfast: $8 Adult, $4 Child
Maple Sugaring Tour: $8 Adult, $5 Child
“SWEET DEAL”: Best Price — Breakfast & a Tour   $12 Adult, $7 Child (under 3 Free)

Maple Sugaring Events at York County Parks
Nixon County Park
5922 Nixon Drive, York, PA 17403

Maple Sugaring Story Walk
Saturday, February 24 and March 3, 2018
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Take a walk, read a story and learn about Maple Sugaring all at the same time. Enjoy a short self-guided stroll along the Quiet Walk & Hardwood trails while reading the story attached to posts spread along the walk. No fee, no registration.

Maple Sugaring Days
Saturday, February 24 and March 3, 2018
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Enjoy various programs about maple sugaring, outside tours, maple tastings, crafts, and activities set up throughout the Nature Center. Maple products from Patterson Farms will be on sale. $2 admission. Ages 5 and under free, Park members free. No registration required

Tours of the Sugar Bush
Saturday, February 24 and March 3, 2018
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join park staff and volunteers for ongoing tours through various stations. Learn the history and how-to of maple sugaring. Tours will include hands-on demonstrations. A trip to the Red Maple grove will occur every hour starting at 10 a.m. Included in weekend event fee, no registration (groups of ten or more should register at 717-428-1961).

Backyard Sugaring 101
Saturday, February 24, 2018
2 – 4 p.m.
Learn how to start a small maple sugaring production in your backyard! A brief presentation will be followed by hands-on demonstrations of tapping, boiling, and bottling. Learn how to identify maple trees in any season and visit our Red Maple grove. Take home tools and information you need to get started. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. $10 fee (Maple Sugar weekend fee included), register at 717-428-1961.

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