Sugaring Off Tours at IRWS

Sugaring Off tours are a fun and tasty way to learn about maple sugaring at IRWS

Spring celebrations begin early at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.

On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, and watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, where everyone gets a sweet taste of the final product. Afterwards, warm up in the Barn by the woodstove, indulge in a hot dog cooked in maple sap, sample our delicious soup and desserts made by our volunteers, or browse through our gift shop.

  • IRWS Syrup is available for sale (quantities may be limited).
  • Tours last about an hour and run rain or shine.
  • Registration is required.
  • Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots because the walk is entirely outdoors.
  • Children under three may need to be carried.
Saturdays & Sundays, February 25 & 26, 2017 12:30pm-2:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays, March 4-12, 2017 10:30am-2:30pm
Audubon Members: Adults: $9; Children: $7
Non Members: Adults: $10; Children: $8