March 9th and 10th, 2024

 Maple Sugaring

Join us for the 2024 MSU Tollgate Farm Maplefest!


March 9th and 10th, 2024
$17 per person 2 and under free
Hourly Limited Timeslots from 9 am – 2 pm Saturday and Sunday
Limited Seating: Pre-Registration will be required (no refunds)
How does sap become maple syrup? What temperatures are needed to make the sap flow? How do you tap a tree?
Join us for an exploration of Michigan's sweetest winter crop, maple syrup!

Identify and tap a maple tree, tour the sugar shack, explore fun maple-themed activities, take a wagon ride, taste maple sap, syrup, and sugar, and explore maple tools and technology. Enjoy an 'all-you-can-eat pancake celebration in the historic 19th-century barn. Pancakes (prepared by Chris Cakes of Michigan), sausage, and of course, pure maple syrup will be provided!  

Please dress for the weather. 

Tollgate’s farm stand will be selling pure Maple Syrup, Honey and a variety of products made by the 4H club.

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 additional questions about the event, please contact:
Lisa Bahm 248-347-3860, ext. 200,
Dogs are not permitted on the property

Join the Team: Maplefest Volunteer Opportunities

  • All volunteers are required to complete the Michigan State University Volunteer Selection Process. This process helps to provide a safe volunteering and work environment for both adults and youth. Volunteers must complete an application, background check. To learn more about this process, contact Carmen Hamilton at  248-347-0269 ext. 239


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.