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Dates:Sat, Sun from 2/29/20 - 3/21/20
Hours:10:30am-2:30pm
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$ see below
Category:Nature & Outdoors
Spring celebrations begin early at the sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling, billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.

On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product.

Afterwards, warm up by the woodstove in the Barn, where hot beverages and food will be available for purchase. Visit our gift shop to browse a selection of maple products, and be sure to bring home a bottle of our own freshly made maple syrup. Tours last about an hour and run in all weather.

Instructions and Directions:

Children under 3 are free and should be in a backpack baby carrier. Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots, since we will be outside for an hour, and the trails may be wet, muddy, or snow-covered.

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COST↑ top

Members: Adult $11.00, Child $9.00 Nonmembers: Adult $12.00, Child $10.00

WEBSITE↑ top

www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/ipswich-river/news-events/maple-sugaring-programs

LOCATION↑ top

87 Perkins Row, TOPSFIELD, MA, 01983 map
Phone: 978-887-9264

From Boston and the south: Take Rt I-95 north to exit 50 and follow Rt 1 north. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97, turn right onto Rt 97 south (toward Beverly and Danvers). Follow Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.

From the north: Take Rt I-95 south to exit 53A and follow Rt 97 south. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97 in Topsfield, stay on Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.

TIPS↑ top

  • Register early. Dress for the weather. No strollers. Backpacks suggested if needed.
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