Maple Sugaring

2018 Maple Sugaring

The Montour Area Recreation Commission (MARC) is pleased to continue the long tradition of maple sugaring programs at the Montour Preserve. MARC will again conduct two maple sugaring open house days for the public in 2018, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, and again on Sunday, March 4. The maple sugaring public open houses involve a two-hour program that begins in the Environmental Education Center with a short talk and film on the cultural and natural history of maple sugaring. This is followed by a short walk to the Sugar Shack to experience the sights, sounds and smells of maple sugaring. Programs will begin on the hour in the Environmental Education Center each day at noon, 1, 2 & 3pm. Outdoor demonstrations will run from noon until 4pm. Maple products will be available for purchase as in previous years. Participants should dress for the weather.

Maple sugaring programs for school groups will be offered Tuesdays through Fridays, from February 20 through March 16. The two-hour educational programs will begin in the Environmental Education Center and conclude outdoors at the sugar shack. Teachers can schedule a field trip by contacting Jon Beam at: or by calling (570) 772-4021.

The sugaring open house programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jon Beam, Assistant Director, Montour Area Recreation Commission at:





The spirit of winter is alive and well at Montour Preserve’s Environmental Education Center as we invite you to bundle up and join us for a special pancake and maple syrup breakfast. Walk through our learning stations on Maple Sugaring to explore how the tasty topping is turned from sap into golden syrup. The festivities don’t stop there! Satisfy your appetite with our all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast.

Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for children under 3.  Preregistration is strongly recommended.  Get your tickets today at:

All proceeds benefit Montour Preserve.




2015 maple sugaring team (from left: Derrick, Byron Roth, Gerald Houseknecht, Joyce Roth, Jon Beam, Deb Steransky, Ken Mertz) (not pictured Suann Leighow)



SECV8/In Your Neighborhood story

MARC thanks Chris O’Rourke and the SECV8/In Your Neighborhood team for helping to demonstrate the maple sugaring process at the Montour Preserve.  To view the video, please click on the image below.


In Your Neighborhood w/ Chris O’Rourke



Maple Sugaring Photos

To see photos from the 2015 maple sugaring season, please visit MARC’s SmugMug page at