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Join us to explore the sweeter side of winter with sweet maple days! We'll have guided hikes, tours of our maple sugaring house, and more!

Maple Tree Tapping Day

Sunday, January 10, 1:30-4:30 pm

Help us tap the trees as we start the sugaring season. Head out into the sugarbush with a maple guide to learn the ins and outs of tree identification, and tapping all while drilling holes, setting taps, and hanging sap buckets. We’ll have hot cocoa and a fire to warm up. Most appropriate for adults or interested youth age 8 and up with a caretaker. Members $7; nonmembers $12 (includes daily admission).


Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush

Saturday, January 16, 10 am

Saturday, January 16, 11 am

Saturday, January 16, 1 pm

Saturday, January 16, 2 pm

Saturday, January 16, 3 pm

Sunday, January 17, 12 pm

Sunday, January 17, 1 pm

Sunday, January 17, 2 pm

Sunday, January 17, 3 pm

Saturday, January 23, 10 am

Saturday, January 23, 11 am

Saturday, January 23, 1 pm

Saturday, January 23, 2 pm

Saturday, January 23, 3 pm

Sunday, January 24, 12 pm

Sunday, January 24, 1 pm

Sunday, January 24, 2 pm

Sunday, January 24, 3 pm

Saturday, January 30, 10 am

Saturday, January 30,11 am

Saturday, January 30, 1 pm

Saturday, January 30, 2 pm

Saturday, January 30, 3 pm

Saturday, February 6, 10 am

Saturday, February 6, 11 am

Sunday, February 7, 12 pm

Sunday, February 7, 1 pm

Sunday, February 7, 2 pm

Sunday, February 7, 3 pm

Sunday, February 14, 12 pm

Sunday, February 14, 1 pm

Sunday, February 14, 2 pm

Saturday, February 20, 1 pm

Saturday, February 20, 2 pm

Saturday, February 20, 3 pm

Saturday, February 27, 10 am

Saturday, February 27, 11 am

Saturday, February 27, 1 pm

Saturday, February 27, 2 pm

Saturday, February 27, 3 pm

Sunday, February 28, 12 pm

Sunday, February 28, 1 pm

Sunday, February 28, 2 pm

Sunday, February 28, 3 pm

Hit the trail for a guided interactive maple hike. Collect sap in the sugarbush and see the steaming evaporator as we boil down to “liquid gold” maple syrup. Members free; nonmember adult $9; nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission).


Tools of the Sugar House

Sunday, January 17, 10:45-11:45 am

Saturday, January 23, 8:45-9:45 am

Sunday, February 7, 10:45-11:45 am

Saturday, February 27, 8:45-9:45 am

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience designed for all ages. On this tour, we’ll take a look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. You’ll be able to see inside the sap storage tanks, help set up for the day’s programs, and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Family Field Trip: Maple Tapping and Measurement

Wednesday, January 20, 12:30-2 pm

Wednesday, January 20, 2:30-4 pm

Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap from the very beginning! Tap trees with us and learn how we’re measuring the health of our maples with community science. Member $7; nonmember $11 (includes daily admission).


Sunset Sap Hikes

Thursday, January 28, 4:30-5:45 pm

Thursday, February 11, 4:30-5:45 pm

Thursday, February 25, 4:30-5:45 pm

The sun sets in the sugar bush and opens a new sensory world as the drip drop of sap hits the pails. Join us to collect sap at dusk for these special evenings. Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission).


Maple Days for Scouts

Sunday, January 31, 1-2:15 pm  

Sunday, January 31, 3-4:15 pm  

Wednesday, February 3, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Saturday, February 6, 1-2:15 pm  

Saturday, February 6 3-4:15 pm 

Wednesday, February 17, 4:30-5:45 pm 

Sunday, February 21, 1-2:15 pm 

Sunday, February 21, 3-4:15 pm

Explore the process of maple sugaring at Cincinnati Nature Center!  We will trek into the woods to collect maple sap by hand then head to the sugarhouse to watch how the sap is turned into maple syrup$10 a scout and siblings over 4. Each child must attend with a parent or leader. Leaders may receive one free adult ticket for every six child tickets purchased. Limit two per group. Adults $5.    


Maple Sugaring Storytime Hikes

Tuesday, February 2, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 2, 11 am-12 pm

Tuesday, February 9, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 9, 11 am-12 pm

Tuesday, February 16, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 16, 11 am-12 pm

Tuesday, February 23, 9:30-10:30 am

Tuesday, February 23, 11 am-12 pm

Build a fun outdoor routine with your young child this winter by engaging in maple-related stories on the trail! Check sap pails each week and explore small wonders together. Member $5; nonmember $10 (includes daily admission).


Family Field Trip: Maple Sugaring                    

Wednesday, February 3, 12:30 pm-2 pm

Wednesday, February 3, 2:30-4 pm

Monday, February 15, 10:30 am-12 pm

Monday, February 15, 1:30-3 pm

Wednesday, February 17, 12:30-2:00 pm

Wednesday, February 17, 2:30-4 pm

Join a naturalist on the trails for a hike into the sugarbush with Join a naturalist on the trails for a hike into the sugarbush with your family to collect “liquid sunshine” and see how it’s turned into sweet maple syrup. Look at how sugaring has changed throughout history and visit the Sugar House. Help with sugaring work and sample warm maple syrup right off the evaporator. Member $7; nonmember $11 (includes daily admission).