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Maple Sugaring at the Great Swamp OEC
Immerse yourself in the maple sugaring process from start to finish by identifying and tapping maple trees, collecting sap, and seeing syrup made over a wood-fired evaporator.

Think you can identify the differences between pancake? syrups? Taste test of three distinct maple syrups: a store bought syrup made from corn syrup, a farm produced syrup made from sugar maple trees, and the syrup made from the red maple trees at the Great Swamp OEC. Which one do you enjoy the most?
It’s maple sugaring season at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Hour long demonstrations are held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on following dates: January 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 & February 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28. At the peak of the season, February 27 and 28, there will be demonstrations at both 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Admission is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating.

Don’t miss the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, March 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Head outside and watch steam billow from the evaporator, and become engulfed in the sweet smell of maple sugar. See maple cream making first hand and taste the final product. Enjoy a variety of crafts and games, and maple snow cones.
Bring your friends and family and take a fascinating guided ‘Hike Through Maple Sugaring History,’ to discover how sugaring has changed since it was started by the Native Americans hundreds of years ago. Admission for the Maple Sugar Festival is $4 per person age 3 and up. The event is held rain or shine. For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit or call 973.635.6629.
A Winter’s Day on the Farm
On Sunday, February 7, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. experience traditional farm life as it was lived in the early 20th century. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, located at 73 Kahdena Road in Morris Township, opens its doors to offer a variety of winter-season, hands-on activities.

At this educational and fun event, you will discover why harvesting is so important on the farm, learn about ice cutting and examine the special tools, and pitch in with cold-weather jobs, like tapping maple trees to collect sap and sawing wood. Be sure to visit the Farmhouse, and follow the inviting scent of seasonal foods being prepared on the wood-burning cook stove. Climb aboard the open-air tractor pulled wagon for a memorable ride around the farm. In the barnyard, meet the Jersey cows, Belgium draft horses, and sheep.
Admission to this event is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4 - 16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3, FREE for children under age 2. Friends member are half price with a current membership card.
For more information and directions to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, visit,, or call 973.326.7645.
Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl
Looking for something exciting to do this Friday night? Then come to Mennen Sports Arena from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and skate the night away to the tunes of a DJ! Have a blast with your friends while the DJ plays the newest hits and some of your favorite throw-backs all with the bonus of theme-nights, giveaways, shout outs, and disco lights.

Meet up with your friends or gather your family on the ice at Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township every Friday night for ice skating, arcade games, and great eats from the snack bar. The cost is $8 for admission and $3.50 for ice skate rentals. For more information, call 973.326.7651.

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