Fort Snelling State Park, nestled between Minneapolis and St. Paul, is holding "Maple Syruping in Your Backyard" workshops on Saturday and Sundays throughout March. Park staff will demonstrate what equipment is required, how to tap trees, and how to process sap into maple syrup.
Maple Syruping in your Backyard is held at Fort Snelling State Park on March 5, 6, 19, 20, 26, 27 in 2011.
At Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes, near Anoka, you can collect maple sap, boil it down over an open fire, and then taste it. This family event is on Sunday March 19, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., $4 per person.
Pre-registration is required, register online at anokacountyparks.com.
Dodge Nature Center opens the maple syrup season with maple syrup events all March long. Three family events on March 12, 19 and 26 invite the whole family to join in the production process, starting with tapping a tree, visiting the maple syrup evaporator, and sampling syrup. Pre-registration is required online at dodgenaturecenter.org.
The Three Rivers Parks District has Maple Syrup events across the district's parks.
Eastman Nature Center will show you and your family how trees are tapped, sap collected, and cooked over an open fire. Sundays March 13, 20 and 27, from 1 - 4 p.m., free.
Richardson Nature Center has free maple syrup events on March 13 and 27, from 3 - 4 p.m.
At the height of the maple syrup season on March 19, the Maple Syrup Festival is held at three parks, the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement. Lowry Nature Center, and Eastman Nature Center. Tap trees, play Native American and pioneer games, learn how to make syrup, maple syrup candy, and sample maple syrup and sap tea. $5.
On March 26 and 27, join Nature Center staff and help tap trees and boil it down into maple syrup, and taste maple syrup treats and listen to Native American stories. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., free.
The traditional way of making maple syrup candies is to boil down the syrup, then pour it onto the snow to cool and eat straight away. At the Sugar on Snow festival, try out collecting sap, making your own maple syrup and candies, and try maple syrup goodies. March 19, 1 - 4 p.m., $6 per person.
Minnesota Maple Syrup Farms
Here's some local farms making Minnesota maple syrup.
Somerskogen Sugarbush is in Minnetrista, just outside the Twin Cities. Join their mailing list to be first in line to get 2010 syrup.
Sapsucker Farms this rapidly growing farm in Mora say they are working on accepting visa online, but currently are selling their maple syrup by e-mail order.
Anderson's Maple Syrup is just over the state line in Cumberland, WI. They sells maple syrup and maple syrup making kits - you just need a maple tree.