March 5th and 6th, 2022

 Maple Sugaring


 How does sap become maple syrup? What temperatures are needed to make the sap flow? How do you tap a tree? Join us on an exploration of Michigan's sweetest winter crop, maple syrup!


Register Now

Pre-registration is recommended!
Hourly timeslots from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Adults: $10
Children 3-12: $10
Children 2 and under free (you do not need to register this age group)
Registration is nonrefundable
All activities are outdoors, so please dress for the weather!


Maplefest Activities:

  • Enjoy a wagon ride out to the sugar bush
  • Munch on sweet maple-themed treats and sip a hot beverage from our concession stand
  • Learn how to identify a maple tree
  • Tap a maple tree
  • See where the magic happens in our Sugar Shack.
  • Watch a chainsaw artist turn a log into art
  • Warm up by the fire
  • Indulge in Maple Fudge made by Tollgate's 4H Club
  • And so much more!


COVID-19 UPDATE: We are planning for an in-person program in March. All participants, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors on MSU property or any property that is reserved or rented exclusively for an MSU activity. Please do not attend any programs, meetings, or events if you feel ill.


Join the Team: Maplefest Volunteer Opportunities

Maplefest volunteers

Every great event has team of great people who make it happen! For adults and youth 16 and older, please consider volunteering in one of the many roles available for this event. We greatly appreciate your investment of time and energy to help us provide an educational look at the history, science and art of maple sugaring.

 Sign up to volunteer here!

 Maplefest is a fundraiser. Proceeds support educational programming and increase accessibility to schools and individuals who might otherwise not be able to attend programs and camps.
For questions, please contact Darby Anderson,, 248-347-0269 x208