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 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 are free and may need to be carried.