Maple Syrup Season in Indiana | Maple Syrup Events in Indiana

Do you have a pancake or waffle lover in the house? My son is syrup obsessed and would eat his favorite food for every meal—morning, noon, and night. Luckily, Indiana is home to several sugar bushes that offer tours and opportunities to immerse yourself in all there is to know about this sweet substance. Like, how does tree sap become delicious pancake topping?

Maple Syrup Season in Indiana

Maple Syrup has a short production time, and the season in Indiana typically runs from early February through mid-March. The sap starts to flow when temperatures drop below freezing during the night and warm above freezing during the day during the day. With this short window, be sure to reserve your spots early, because slots fill quickly.

Maple Syrup season is also known as “mud season”, so be sure to not only dress warm for the colder weather, but also bring your boots, since the majority of these programs take place outdoors. Now you are all ready to check out the sweet celebrations!

Maple Syrup Activities in Indiana

Knee High Naturalist: Making Maple Syrup

February 3, 10, 17, & 24, from 10-11 am
Monon Community Center East, 1195 Central Park Drive West, Carmel

Little nature explorers will learn through discovery with hikes, songs, and art projects related to the theme of making maple syrup. This four-week preschool program runs from February 3-24, meeting every Thursday. Classes are available for ages 1-5. Pre-registration is required and costs $28 total for the month.

Homeschool Maple Syrup

February 23, from 10-11 am or 1-2 pm
Southeastway Park, 5624 S Carroll Road, New Palestine

With this special event for homeschoolers, they will learn the history of maple syrup, with a focus on Native American and Colonial history. They will also learn about tree identification and get hands-on use with a spile and drill. Students will be taken through the whole process of creating maple syrup, including sap collection, filtration, cooking, bottling, grading, and tasting.

A sweet maple treat is included with the program, and syrup bottled on-site is often available to purchase. Pre-registration is required and the program is recommended for ages 3 and up. The cost to participate is $5 per person (including adults), with masks being required for participation.

Sap to Syrup

February 26, Noon-3 pm
Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis

Check out learning stations situated around the park, each with their own maple syrup facts and history. Learn how maple syrup is made, taste test some syrup, complete a craft, and try a yummy Sugar Maker’s Sundae. Stop by anytime during time frame, to enjoy activities.  Pre-registration is required for participation.

Public Maple Syrup

February 26, from 1-2:30pm
Southeastway Park, 5624 S Carroll Road, New Palestine

Hike through the park with a resident naturalist and learn some of the history of maple syrup, focusing on Native American and Colonial history. Find out how to identify maple trees based bark during winter months and leaf shape in other seasons. Learn about the tools needed for sap collection and get a chance to use them yourself. Explore the process of creating maple syrup from start to finish, from sap collection to tasting the final product. Pre-registration is required and the program is recommended for ages 3 and up. The cost to participate is $5 per person (including adults), with masks being required for participation.

Parke County Maple Fair 2022

February 26-27, from 8 am-4 pm daily
March 5-6, from 8 am-4 pm daily
Parke County Fairgrounds, 1472 N. Highway 41, Rockville

This event includes a pancake breakfast, as well as the option to visit local vendors, featuring everything maple syrup. You also have the opportunity to check out the scenery of the covered bridges Parke County is known for, on your way to touring the county’s sugar camps to see how maple syrup is made. Samples are available.

Girl Scout Maple Syrup

February 27, from 1-2:30 pm
Southeastway Park, 5624 S Carroll Road, New Palestine

This scout-centered event will help them earn a patch and become knowledgeable about the process of making maple syrup. They may even want to try it at home!  History of maple syrup, engineering advances on sap collection, hands-on use of collection tools, natural science for tree identification, and the recipe for taking tree sap to sweet syrup are all covered in this hour long hike through the woods. Pre-registration is required and the program is recommended for ages 3 and up. The cost to participate is $6 per person (including adults and siblings.)

McCloud Maple Syrup Day 2022

March 5, 9 am-3 pm
McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem

Learn how to identify Sugar Maple trees, the sap collection process, and some maple syrup history, with a focus on Native American and early Colonial periods. You can even try to carry a yoke with collection buckets and get to tap a tree, to get some hands-on history. This a FREE event with no registration required.

Girl Scout Making Maple Syrup

March 26, from 1-2 pm
Monon Community Center East, 1195 Central Park Drive West, Carmel

This program is available for Junior and Brownie girl scouts, where they will learn how to tap a maple tree and make syrup and candy. Program fee is $4 per scout and pre-registration is required.

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