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Maple Festival is scheduled for April 4 - 5, 2020

We invite you to join us during the 44th annual Maple Festival, a celebration of a heritage unique to our region. Sugar maple trees are a natural resource found only in the Great Lakes area and Asbury Woods proudly partakes in this tradition each year by tapping trees, collecting and boiling sap into pure maple syrup. The capstone of the tour is a visit to our working Sugar Shack where each year Asbury Woods produces maple syrup from sap collected from trees on our property.

The Maple Festival is a chance to pass on those traditions to visitors with tours, demonstrations and living history activities while fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for how nature has a practical application and impact on our lives. Visitors enjoy a pancake breakfast topped with nothing other than 100% pure maple syrup.

Volunteers are needed from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:
April 4 and April 5

If you're interested in volunteering please respond to Sheila Walmer at swalmer@asburywoods.org or by calling (814) 836-6176. 

Opportunities are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Volunteer Opportunities | Adult and Student (ages 14 and up)


Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone

Volunteers at this station warmly greet children and adults coming to explore the Discovery Zone. They interact with children of different ages, providing simple instructions to help them to engage in the activity stations in the room. Volunteers keep their assigned station tidy, re-setting material as needed. Volunteers in this area need to be comfortable talking with visitors and delivering a positive visitor experience. These stations are indoors. Shifts: 10:30 a.m. -1 :30 p.m. or 1:30 – 4:15 p.m.


Historical Maple Tour Leader

Historical Maple Tour Leader

Volunteers at this station need to warmly greet visitors who want to participate in maple education tours. They will need to speak confidently, and will need to direct groups of visitors to the tour gathering point. Tour leaders direct visitors to each tour stop, where a presenter will deliver the tour content. Tour leaders are outside for 45 minute intervals, with breaks throughout the day. Tour leaders need to have a watch and keep their tour moving on time. Shift times by assignment.


Pancake Server

Pancake and Syrup Server

Volunteers at this station need to provide a pleasant visitor experience while serving pancakes, butter or syrup to guests. Volunteers will be working around food. Hair nets and gloves will be provided and must be worn while serving food. A hat from home can be worn. These volunteers help to keep the serving area clean. They help with clean-up of this station at the end of the day. This activity is indoors. Shifts: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 – 4:15 p.m.



Guest Services | Custodial

Guest Services | Custodial

Volunteers needed to monitor Maple and Oak classrooms for trash and tidying up after guests enjoy pancakes and refreshments. Cleaning supplies and gloves provided. Shifts: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.



Volunteer Opportunities | Adult


Pancake Cook

Pancake Cook

Volunteers cook pancakes for guests. Volunteers will be working around food. Hair nets and gloves will be provided and must be worn while preparing food. A hat from home can be worn. Shifts 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m or 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.


Ticket Hut

Ticket Hut

Volunteer must be outgoing and able to manage money and make change. Able to communicate activities and location of all things happening at Maple Festival. Cash and credit card payment methods accepted. This position is outside in a heated ticket hut along side a staff member. Shifts: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Gift Shop

Guest Services

Volunteer must be friendly and outgoing. Responsibilities include: greeting guests, answering phone calls and other inquiries. Shifts: 10: 30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.