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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 2022

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, outdoor 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 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

Saturdays:                                                            Sundays:
  Feb 19          10:00am-11:00am               EEC-19   Feb 20          Noon-1:00pm
EEC-17   Feb 19          Noon-1:00pm                      EEC-20   Feb 20          2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-18   Feb 19          2:00pm-3:00pm

EEC-21   Feb 26          10:00am-11:00am               EEC-24   Feb 27          Noon-1:00pm
EEC-22   Feb 26          Noon-1:00pm                      EEC-25   Feb 27          2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-23   Feb 26          2:00pm-3:00pm

EEC-26   March 5        10:00am-11:00am               EEC-29   March 6        Noon-1:00pm
EEC-27   March 5        Noon-1:00pm                      EEC-30   March 6        2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-28   March 5        2:00pm-3:00pm

EEC-31   March 12      10:00am-11:00am               EEC-34   March 13      Noon-1:00pm
EEC-32   March 12      Noon-1:00pm                      EEC-35   March 13      2:00pm-3:00pm
EEC-33   March 12      2:00pm-3:00pm

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

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

Hours & Directions
Building Hours: Sun. 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. 1pm-5pm, Sat. closed
Exhibits close at 4:30pm.
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!

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