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Asbury Woods Maple Festival Scheduled for April 6-7, 2019

Posted on March 5th, 2019 at 7:45 AM
Asbury Woods Maple Festival Scheduled for April 6-7, 2019

Asbury Woods Maple Festival will celebrate its 43rd year on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019. The Maple Festival is two days of maple-infused family fun, both days are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods.

The Asbury Woods Maple Festival is a celebration of a heritage unique to our region. Sugar maple trees are a natural resource found only in the Great Lakes area and Asbury Woods proudly partakes in this tradition each year by tapping trees, collecting and boiling sap into pure maple syrup. The capstone of the tour is a visit to our working Sugar Shack where each year Asbury Woods produces maple syrup from sap collected from trees on our property. The Maple Festival is a chance to pass on those traditions to visitors with tours, demonstrations and living history activities while fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for how nature has a practical application and impact on our lives. Visitors enjoy a pancake breakfast topped with nothing other than 100% pure maple syrup.

Asbury Woods Maple Festival program details:

  • Historical Maple Tour: Guided 45-minute tour featuring maple syrup production from Native American times to the present
  • Maple Highlight Tour: Guided 15-minute maple tour that is fun for all ages
  • Pancake samples with real maple syrup
  • Discovery Zone at Asbury Woods: Where kids explore the science and art behind maple production
  • Explore maple sap being boiled in the sugar shack
  • Live animal shows throughout the weekend
  • Maple products for sale from vendors How Sweet It is and Carpenter’s Maple Valley Farm
  • Two forums scheduled each day:
    • Saturday at 1:00 p.m.: Ask an Arborist with Mark Spitulski, Asbury Woods Certified Arborist and Director of Facilities and Grounds
    • Saturday at 2:30 p.m.: Cooking with Different Maple Products with Laura Dengler, owner of How Sweet It Is
    • Sunday at 1:00 p.m.: ABCs of Maple Sugaring with Northwest Maple Ambassador Courtney Hess
    • Sunday at 2:30 p.m.: Cooking with Different Maple Products with Laura Dengler, owner of How Sweet It Is

 “Sugar maple trees are a natural resource unique to the Great Lakes region.  This event is a way Asbury Woods can share our natural resources with the community,” says Kelley Lang, Director of Education & Community Programs. “People often notice tapped trees, buckets and sap lines strung on trees as they travel throughout our region in late winter, but not everyone has trees on their property to experience maple syrup production for home and family use first-hand.  We’re thrilled to share our trees, sap, and knowledge so people can understand and experience all our region has to offer.”

Asbury Woods Maple Festival tickets are available at the door. Admission is $5 per person for Asbury Woods members and $7 per person for non-members. Children three years and younger are free.

More details about the Asbury Woods Maple Festival can be found at

The Asbury Woods Maple Festival is proudly sponsored by: J. Thomas Tree Service, MacDonald Illig, and Northwest.


The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability, and stewardship.

Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages.  In addition, they manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails, and dirt trails.

The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom, and free public access.  The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits, and community programs.  The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center.  The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek.  Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 71,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate in education and community outreach programs.