Bring the entire family (Kids are FREE!) and enjoy the fresh air and the delicious aroma of simmering maple syrup, as you set off into the woods in search of sweet adventure at the annual Maple Sugar Festival March 19-20 & April 2-3. Members FREE! (Scout-friendly; no reservations required)
Start your visit at the Nature Center and walk on the Maple History Trail. As you hike through the recently expanded sugarbush you'll see more trees tapped with modern tubing and stop at stations to see how collecting sap has changed over time.
Maple syrup is one of the oldest natural sweeteners in North America, and “boiling down” was arguably the only sugar refining process available to Native Americans and early settlers in the north. After you visit the maple sugar camp, head out to the Historic Village and:
An annual tradition at the museum is the springtime maple baking contest. Enter your famous maple cookies or maple-glazed ham and have the chance to win a gift certificate to the Flint Hill Gift Shop or a unique piece of handmade pottery made in the village! Entry form and rules are located here.
Admission Prices ~ Kids and Members are FREE
Festival admission (includes entrance to the historic village and the nature center):
This event is sponsored in part by the ESL Charitable Foundation.
Photography Credit: Sharon Dentice & Brian Nagel
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm
Tues-Sun, May 7-Sept 4
plus Wed-Sun, Sept 10-Oct 9
& May 30, July 4, Sept 5 & Oct 10