Every March, maple trees in the South Shore awaken with the warmer days of springtime and the sap begins to flow.

Several parks in Northwest Indiana take part in this special time of year to show us all the sweet treats that the maple trees give us. Head to one of these local parks in Northwest Indiana to learn more about the history and process of Maple Syrup!

Friendship Gardens Maple Sugar Time

Friendship Botanic Garden will be bringing back their Maple Syrup Time event on Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 11am to 3pm. Visitors can take a self-guided nature walk through old-growth woodland trails before stopping by the maple sugaring station to learn how the early inhabitants of North America produced maple syrup.

Tree Tapping at Indiana Dunes National Park

The Indiana Dunes National Park’s Maple Sugar Time Festival is scheduled for March 12-13, 2022, at Chellberg Farm from 10am to 4pm. Park staff will be at each trail stop to help visitors learn how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how later settlers used large iron kettles to make the sap into syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg Family did back in the 1930s.

Deep River County Park Maple Syrup Demonstration

Deep River County Park is celebrating their Maple Sugar Time tradition on the weekends of March 12-13 and 19-20, 2022 from 10am to 4pm. Visit with voyagers from the 1700s as they pass on how they learned to make maple sugar from the Native Americans. You can also try pure maple syrup and take some home along with other goodies in their gift shop.

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