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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 2018

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 90-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. Organized groups (such as schools) may schedule weekday demonstrations by calling the EEC at 908 722-1200, ext. 5332.
Suggested donation: $1 per person
February 17, 18, 24, 25
March 3, 4, 10, 11
Saturdays - 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Sundays - Noon and 2:00pm

Saturday post-Maple Sugaring Program Series - New Program
(All Ages)

Following the Maple Sugaring public programs, come warm up back at the EEC with a family friendly presentation series. It will be good clean fun!
Pre-registration is not required.

Who Cooks For You?
Saturday, February 17

Who does not love owls? Seeing a Great Horned Owl silhouetted against a sunset or hearing Barred Owls give their distinctive, "Who Cooks For You?" call in the dead night is one of the most exciting experiences in the bird world. Come to the first program in our series, which will be all about the world of owls. We will talk about owl diversity around the globe, learn cool facts about our local owl species, and watch amazing videos about these wonderful feathery friends.

Creature Feature
Saturday, February 24

Who lives in the EEC? Come meet some of our scaly, hairy, slimy, and smooth friends that reside right inside our building. They might have four legs, six, or even eight and are looking forward to meeting new friends!

So Sweet to Eat
Saturday, March 3

Maple sugar is not the only delectable sweet we get from nature. Agave, sugar cane, beet sugar, coconut sugar, honey, stevia are just a few that we add to our tasty treats. Join a Naturalist as we discuss other plant derived sugars.

Bizarre Birds
Saturday, March 10

There are over 10,000 bird species throughout the world and they have all worked very hard to impress you with their crazy colors, delightful dances, sensational sounds, and fantastic feathers. We look forward to telling you all about our favorite birds.

E-mail the EEC any questions or comments.

Public Programs
    • January Programs
    • February Programs
    • March Programs
    • April Programs
    • May Programs
    • June Programs
    • July Programs
    • August Programs
    • September Programs
    • October Programs
    • November Programs
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Specialty Programs
    • Birding
    • Birthday Parties
    • Canoe & Kayak
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Family Program Series
    • Forest Fitness
    • Garden Discovery
    • Libraries, Senior Centers &
      Other Groups
    • Maple Sugaring
    • Other Day Trips & Overnight Trips
    • Scouts
    • Summer "Camps"
    • Workshops

School Programs
    • Field Trips
    • In School Programs
    • Biomimicry Programs
    • School Program Guide
Trips & Outings
    • Birding
    • Canoe & Kayak
    • Garden Discovery
    • Other Day Trips & Overnight Trips
    • 1770s Festival
    • By the Light of the Moon
    • County Caper
    • Events
    • Family Program Series
    • Festival of Trees
    • Live Animal Show
    • Swamp Search
    • Temporary Exhibits
    • Trail Scramble
Program Calendars
Trails & Facilities
    • Auditorium
    • Biomimicry STEM Lab
    • Discovery Room
    • EEC Brochure
    • Gift Shop/Library
    • The Great Swamp Experience
    • Pond View Room
    • Room Rentals
    • Temporary Exhibits
    • Trail Map
    • The Tree House

  Volunteers are needed and appreciated   throughout the year. Please contact
  Jane Bodnar at 908 722-1200 ext.5323 or   email your completed application and
  waiver to .

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

Corporate Volunteer Groups please contact Jane Parks at 908 722-1200 ext.5336 or

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.

 Click here for Directions
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


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!

On-line Registration

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
Sugar Bush
Word Search (pdf file)
Word Search Answer Key (pdf file)
Multiple Choice Questions

On-line Registration