Maple trees are truly a hero in the tree world. They provide shade in the hot weather, beautiful leaves in the fall, and when winter seems like it’ll never end, they can be tapped for their sap.
The sap is boiled down to produce maple syrup, and then it’s pancake time!
Who would think something so delicious can come out of the trunk of a tree?
Learn about the process and taste the results with maple syrup events around town, including tours to see the tapped trees in action, pancake breakfasts with fresh syrup, and more.
Maple Sugar Season at Stratford
Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware offers 2 weekends of Maple Sugar Season tours on February 18 and 25, and a Maple Syrup Celebration on March 4, 2023. Check here for details, dates, and reservations. 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware.
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Maple Time at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm
Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 1 pm – 3 pm
Take a short hike through the sugarbush to learn about tapping trees and collecting sap, then go to the Farmhouse to watch sap boiling and sample a sweet maple treat.
Sap flow is dependent on weather conditions, all other activities will take place. Details here.
Maple Syrup Time at Gallant Farm
February 25-26, 2023. Head to Gallant Farms in Delaware to learn how maple sap is extracted from trees and cooked down into syrup. Drop-in program is free; stop by anytime from 10 am – 3 pm. 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware
Maple Syrup Days at Dawes Arboretum
Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum’s Log Cabin. The 45 minute guided tours of the Maple Syrup Trail will begin every 15 minutes from 1-2:45 pm on February 25 and 26, 2023.
Tours are included with admission, and are first come, first served. See more details about Dawes Arboretum. 7770 Jacksontown Rd, Newark.
Jeffrey Woods Festival in Bexley
The Annual Jeffrey Woods Festival is Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 8a-2p at the Bexley Pool Parking Lot. Harvested sugar maple sap will be turned into Kelveden Maple Syrup. Watch, learn, and participate in the production of real maple syrup from the harvesting process all the way to bottling.
The Wood Chop Shop will also take place during the festival. Wood Chop Shop participants must pre-register (spots are limited) for a 1.5 hr timeslot where they will have access to process, using a wood splitter, as much fire wood as they can handle. See details here.
Camp Lazarus Maple Fest
Boy Scouts of America sponsor the Camp Lazarus Maple Fest on Saturday, March 4 and 11, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Festival admission is $15 preregistration, or $20 at the gate. The public is welcome! There will be pioneer games, food, and you can learn how to make maple syrup.
Find more information here.
Malabar Farms Maple Syrup Festival
Visit Malabar Farms in Lucas, Ohio, about an hour from Columbus, to enjoy the Maple Syrup Festival on March 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2023 from 12 – 4 p.m.
Experience sugar camp with live historical demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, food and maple products for sale. Admission is FREE!
Maple Syrup Tour at Shepherd’s Corner
Take a Maple Syrup Tour on March 5, 2023. Learn all about maple syrup from the tree to your pancakes. You’ll tour the woods, see the boil, and sample of fresh syrup.
Registration always fills up, follow along for updates!
987 N Waggoner Rd Blacklick
Hocking Hills State Park Maple Sugaring in the Hills
Join Hocking Hills at the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center on March 11-12, 2023 from 12-4 pm for the Maple Tapping Festival.
Savor the taste of the season as we boil down our local maple sap. Discover the many methods used throughout history to make this tasty treat.
Maple Tapping Festival at Charles Alley Nature Park
Head to Lancaster for the Maple Tapping Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 8 am – noon.
The Festival includes maple tapping history display at the log cabin, demonstrations in the sugar shack, and the nature center is open. Local maple syrup and maple flavored kettle corn is for sale. The festival is free, and the pancake breakfast is $5 per plate from 8-11 am.
Charles Alley Nature Park, 2805 Old Logan Road, Lancaster, OH 43130.