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 4, 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 4-25, meeting every Thursday. Classes are available for ages 1-5. Pre-registration is required and costs $28 total for the month.

Maple Syrup Hike

February 5, 1-2:30pm

Prairie Creek Park, 3230 West French Drive, Terre Haute

This free hike is geared toward the more daring among us, lasting approximately 3 miles in length, with a variety of terrain, including rolling hills, steep inclines, and steep declines. It is led by a Natural Resource Programmer from the park and explores the system of maple syrup lines throughout the park. Maple syrup from the park is available to taste and purchase at the end of the hike. Pre-registration is required. This event is also held on February 13, February 19, and February 27

Sap to Syrup

February 13, Noon-3pm

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. Time slots start every half hour, and are 60 minutes in length. One group is allowed per reservation time slot. Groups may be up to 8 people total and cost $50 per group. Masks and reservations are required.

Homeschool Maple Syrup

February 24, 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.

Maple Syrup Festival

February 26 & 27, 9 am-5 pm

LM Sugarbush, 321 N. Garrison Hollow Road, Salem

This festival has so many activities, there is something for everyone. You can watch a presentation of how syrup was made by Woodland region Native Americans. see a Pioneer syrup making demonstration, tour the sugarbush, learn about modern sap collecting, watch sap boil, and take a self-guided tour of the sugar house. If you participate in the free kids’ scavenger hunt, you will receive a free snack bag of maple cotton candy.

Other hands-on activities include tapping a tree, wandering through the straw maze, enjoying the old fashioned merry-go-round, playing in the treehouse, dipping a wax candle, exploring the Children’s Game Area, throwing a tomahawk, using a crosscut saw to slice a log and branding your slice with a maple leaf for a souvenir, or visiting the creek. There will also be over 50 craft vendors, including maple syrup and other maple goodies are available for purchase, as well as meal options featuring maple syrup served in the restaurant.

Parking, festival entry, tours, saw and branding activities, and syrup making demonstrations are all free. Additional activities each have a small charge. The festival is open to all ages and no registration is required. The festival continues the following weekend, March 6th-7th, from 9am-5pm.

Public Maple Syrup

February 27, 1-2pm

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

February 27-February 28 8am-4pm

Parke County 4H Fairgrounds, 1472 N U.S. 41, Rockville

This county-wide festival allows you to take in the sights of Parke County’s 31 covered bridges while making your way to tour six working maple syrup camps. Arts and crafts are available, and pancakes are served all day at the 4H headquarters. Maple products, such as syrup, candy, and cookies are also available. This fair continues the following weekend, March 6 & 7, from 8 am-4 pm.

Girl Scout Maple Syrup

February 28, 1-2 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 $5 per person (including adults), with masks being required for participation.

11th Annual Maple Syrup Days

March 6, 9 am-3 pm

McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem

Witness and participate in the process of creating maple syrup. Get hands-on and tap a tree, learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, explore the sugarbush area, learn about historical collection techniques and advancements, and visit the Sugar Shack to see a modern-day evaporator used to condense hundreds of gallons of sap into rich maple syrup. You can even purchase syrup on-site, with proceeds benefiting the park. This event is free and available to all ages, with no registration required. This event is also held on March  13, from 9 am-3 pm.

Tiny Tadpoles (Preschool) Maple Syrup

March 9, 10-11 am

Southeastway Park, 5624 S Carroll Rd, New Palestine

This free preschool program is available for ages 3-5 to learn about making maple syrup. The entire program takes place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Space is limited to participating children only (no siblings), and one adult per child. Masks and pre-registration are required.

Girl Scout Making Maple Syrup

March 16, 5:30-6:30 pm & 7-8 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.

Virtual Maple Syrup Programming

The Bray Family Homestead Park’s annual in-person maple syrup activities known as Maple Madness have gone virtual this year. Videos from each station will be shared at a later time. Follow the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation page for updates.

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