by Boston Parents Paper
Maple Days, 9:30am – 4pm, weekends, March 1-23. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. Historians demonstrate early New England maple sugar making, and visitors can experience the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees at the farm to “sugaring off.” Kids free with adult admission. 800-733-1830; osv.org.
Maple Sugaring Tours, 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm, weekends, March 1-16. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Take a one-hour naturalist-guided tour to learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugarhouse and get a sweet taste of the final product. Registration required. Adults, $9; kids, $8. 978-887-9264; massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.
Maple Magic, 3:30-5pm, March 7. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Visit the grove, check out the taps and taste some sap. Learn about traditional and modern methods and have a sweet treat. Registration required. $15. 781-259-2206; massaudubon.org.
Maple Sugar Festival, 11am - 3pm, March 9, 15 & 16. Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon. Enjoy a 90-minute tour on the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar shack and get crafty with themed activities. massaudubon.org/catalog
Pancakes at the Farm, 9am – 1pm, weekends, March 1-9. Heifer Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland. Tour the farm, visit the sugar shack, spend time with the animals and enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast. Reservations required. Adults, $12; kids, $6. 508-886-2221; heifer.org/farm.
Did you know? In the U.S., maple syrup is divided into two grades: A for eating and B for cooking/baking (although Vermont and Canada use different grading systems). Despite this, some people choose the stronger tasting grade B for pancakes, requiring less syrup and therefore less sugar consumption.
Mass Audubon’s Maple Sugaring Festival at Moose Hill