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.