March 4 & 5, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tickets: $6, Children 3 and under are free
Tickets can be purchased at the door
The annual Maple Festival is a celebration of a heritage unique to our region. Sugar maple trees are a natural resource found only in our region of the world, and Asbury Woods proudly partakes in this tradition each year by tapping trees then collecting and boiling sap into pure maple syrup!
Learn more about this fascinating use of one of nature’s sweetest renewable resources with an interactive and informative tour and demonstrations. The highlight is a stop in Asbury Woods working sugar shack where the magic of sap to syrup happens!
Enjoy samples from local vendors showcasing all kinds of maple products, and browse our gift shop full of hand-crafted pieces by local artists.
Asbury Woods Maple Festival program details:
- Maple Tapping Tour: Thirty-minute tour includes an introduction to maple syrup history, tapping demonstration, and explanation of the sugaring process.
- Interactive Stations: Placed throughout the Nature Center. Try to identify a maple tree, see the evaporation process in action and learn about photosynthesis.
- Kids Activities: Enjoy face painting, try your hand at our maple bean bag toss, or explore our toy evaporator!
- Maple Talks: A morning talk at 11 am with Laura Dengler, owner of How Sweet It Is, talking about “Cooking with Maple,” and an afternoon talk at 1 pm with Chris Dolanc, professor in the Biology department at Mercyhurst University, talking about “Trouble for Maples.”
- Commemorative Coaster: New this year, purchase a commemorative coaster! Take home your own piece of Asbury Woods with an original coaster made from a tree on our property and branded with our Maple Festival Design. Cost is $5.00
- Vendor Stations: Browse local hand-made items and taste samples from maple vendors, How Sweet It Is, Casbohm Maple and Honey, and Northwestern High School- Wildcat Honey, along with the Asbury Woods Squeaky Frog gift shop.