Maple Syruping with Kids in the Twin Cities


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March is maple syrup month in Minnesota, and with an abundance of nature centers around the Twin Cities, we have ample opportunities to learn about and participate in the maple syruping process. Maple syrup events usually contain one or more of the following activities: tapping the maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it into syrup, and the best part — according to my kids, anyway — a sample of the finished product.

Click through for a list of upcoming maple syrup events across the Twin Cities Metro.

DateProgramLocationTimeCostNotes
3/4/16Puppet Storytime: Maple Syrup MysteryWestwood Hills Nature Center10-11am$4-$5/pp, under 2 freeRegister here
3/5/16It’s Maple Syrup Time!Dodge Nature Center1-2:30pm$7/ppPre-registration required (click here)
3/5/16Maple Syrup TimeRichardson Nature Center2-3:30pm$5/ppRegister here
3/5/16Maple Syrup TimeLowry Nature Center1-2:30pm$5/ppRegister here
3/5-6/16Maple Syrup programWood Lake Nature CenterSat: 3pm, Sun: 1 & 3$3/pp
3/8-9/16Nature Adventurers: Maple SyrupWood Lake Nature Center10-11:30am$8 per childPrepay by calling 612-861-9365
3/12-13/16Maple Syruping in Your BackyardFort Snelling State Park1-2:30pmPark permit: $5/carMeet at the Visitor Center
3/12-13/16Maple Syrup programWood Lake Nature CenterSat: 10am,
Sun: 1 & 3
$3/pp
3/12/16Maple Syruping: Tapping Into NatureCleary Lake Regional Park1-2:30pm$5/ppRegistration required (click here)
3/12/16Maple Syrup Festival & Pancake BrunchLowry Nature Center10am-1pm$8-$12/pp, under 2 freeReservations required by 3/6, phone only 763.559.6700
3/12/16Sap Into Syrup Family EventMaplewood Nature Center2-3:30pm$5/childFor kids ages 6+ with adults, call 651-748-7280
3/13/16Maple Syrup FestivalBaker Near-Wilderness Settlement3-6pm$7/pp, under 2 are freeRegister here
3/16/16My Preschooler & Me: Maple Trees & Sugar MakingFrench Regional Park10am-12pm$5/ppFor ages 3-6, registration required (click here)
3/16/16Puppet Storytime: Maple Syrup MysteryWestwood Hills Nature Center10-11am$4/$5/ppRegister here
3/19/16Maple Syruping DayWarner Nature Center12-4pm$5/pp, 3 & under freeNo registration required
3/19/16Make Your Own: Maple SyrupGale Woods Farm10-11:30am$8/ppReservations required by 3/15 (click here)
3/19/16Maple Syrup Through HistoryThe Landing10am-4pm$5-$8/ppTo preregister, call 763.559.6700
3/19/16Maple Syrup FestivalEastman Nature Center1-4pm$5/ppDrop in anytime
3/19/16It’s Maple Syrup Time!Dodge Nature Center1-2:30pm$7/ppPre-registration required (click here)
3/19/16Maple Syrup DemosMinnesota Landscape Arboretum8am-2pmGate admission: $12/pp 13+
3/19/16Maple Syrup: Tapping Into NatureCleary Lake Regional Park9:30-11am
1-2:30pm
$5/ppReservations required (click here)
3/19-20/16Maple Syruping in Your BackyardFort Snelling State Park1-2:30pmPark permit: $5/carMeet at the Visitor Center
3/19-20/16It’s Tapping TimeHarriet Alexander Nature Center10am-4pmFreeA volunteer event & program. Call 651-792-7104 to sign up.
3/20/16Maple Syrup programWestwood Hills Nature Center1-3pm$6-$8/pp, under 2 freeRegister here
3/20/16Maple Syrup TimeLowry Nature Center1-2:30pm$5/ppRegister here
3/20/16Maple Syrup FestivalFrench Regional Park1-4pm$6/ppIncludes pancakes!
3/20/16Maple Syrup FestivalWargo Nature Center2-4pm$5/pp + taxPre-registration required
3/23/16My Preschooler & Me: Maple Trees & Sugar MakingFrench Regional Park10am-noon$5/ppRegister here
3/26/16It’s Maple Syrup Time!Dodge Nature Center1-2:30pm$7/ppPre-registration required (click here)
3/26/16Sugarhouse Tasting TimeMinnesota Landscape ArboretumNoon-4pmGate admission: $12/pp 13+
3/26-27/16Maple Syruping in Your BackyardFort Snelling State Park1-2:30pmPark permit: $5/carMeet at the Visitor Center
3/30/16Maple Syrup programWestwood Hills Nature Center1-3pm$6-$8/pp, under 2 freeRegister here
3/31/16Maple Syrup TimeRichardson Nature Center2-3:30pm$5/ppRegister here

 

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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