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Maple Sugaring

190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
908 722-1200 Ext. 5002   EEC Home Page

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring at the Somerset County Park Commission’s
Environmental Education Center 2021

Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). You will see how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious New Jersey maple syrup. This 60-minute program is conducted at our Sugar Shack, a ½-mile hike from the EEC. Please arrive at the EEC 20-30 minutes before the program start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow.

Pre-registration is required online. Registrations can be facilitated through our website www.somersetcountyparks.org. First-time users of this system must establish an account by personally enrolling online. To establish an account online, visit our website and click “Online Registration”. Scroll to the last paragraph and use the “click here” access. Fill out the application and submit. You will be assigned a specific household number and a password. You will use this each time you register for a program in the future. Program registration cannot be facilitated without your household number! We advise establishing a household account as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Please note: Online registration ends 24 hours prior to the start of a program. Pending availability, enrollment may still be possible by calling 908-722-1200 ext.5002.

$6 per student/senior / $7 per adult
Course Code: 52000

Saturday
EEC-01
March 6 10:00am
EEC-02 March 6 Noon
EEC-03 March 6 2:00pm
Sunday
EEC-04
March 7 Noon
EEC-05 March 7 2:00pm
Saturday
EEC-06 March 13 10:00am
EEC-07 March 13 Noon
EEC-08 March 13 2:00pm
Sunday
EEC-09 March 14 Noon
EEC-10 March 14 2:00pm
Saturday
EEC-11 March 20 10:00am
EEC-12 March 20 Noon
EEC-13 March 20 2:00pm
Sunday
EEC-14
March 21 Noon
EEC-15 March 21 2:00pm

CDC recommended COVID-19 protocols are in place. Masks must be worn and social distancing is required. Do not attend a program if you are not feeling well, are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact of a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have traveled outside of New Jersey in the last 14 days. Participants disregarding COVID-19 protocols will be asked to leave the program immediately.

E-mail the EEC any questions or comments.

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Volunteers are needed and appreciated   throughout the year. Please contact
  the EEC at 908 722-1200 ext.5002 or email your completed application and waiver to cspringer@scparks.org.

Volunteer Application for Adult
Volunteer Application for Minor
   Volunteer Waiver for Adults
   Volunteer Waiver for Minors/Dependents

Corporate Volunteer Groups please contact Daniel Ross at 908 722-1200 ext.5336 or dross@scparks.org.

Hours & Directions
The building is open 9am-5pm daily.
Exhibits are open 9am-4:30pm daily.
Registration is accepted 9am-4:30pm daily.
The building is closed on Holidays.
Trails are open dawn to dusk daily but closed on Deer Management days as scheduled.

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Donations & Sponsorship

Donations are gladly accepted.
Please make checks payable to:
The Somerset County Park Commission
and mail to Carrie Springer,
190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Support Packet

Ask A Naturalist

Ask-A-Naturalist

Have a question about a plant or animal species you saw in Lord Stirling Park or northern New Jersey?

One of our naturalists can help you! Complete the form and an EEC staff member will do their best to solve your nature mysteries!

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To learn more about the sugar maple making process, and for maple recipes click below.

Boiling Down
Gathering The Sap
History of Maple Sugaring
Is It Syrup Yet?
Maple Activities
Maple Recipes
Sap
Spile
Sugar Bush
Tapping
Word Search (pdf file)
Word Search Answer Key (pdf file)
Multiple Choice Questions
Glossary