Weekend “Sugaring Off Tours” at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. YUM.

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 the 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
  • Get a sweet taste of the final product
  • Warm up in the Barn by the woodstove
  • Indulge in a hot dog cooked in maple sap
  • Sample delicious soups and desserts made by our volunteers!

Don’t forget to visit their 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 rain or shine. Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots because the walk is entirely outdoors.

Sugaring Off Tours

Dates & Times:

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26
Tours at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Saturdays & Sundays: March 4, 5, 11, & 12
Tours at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm

$9 member/$7 member
$10 nonmember/$8 nonmember
Children under 3 are free and should be in a backpack.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row, Topsfield MA

Advance registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264.

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