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
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
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 morrisparks.net or call
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
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, http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/ffmain.asp, or call
Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl
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.
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.