Maple Sugaring

2020 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 2020, scheduled for Saturday, February 29, during the hours of 9:30am – 1:30pm, and again on Saturday, March 14, during the hours of 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

On Saturday, February 29, the program will include a pancake breakfast from 9am – 11am (tickets must be purchased in advance; please see below for details) and outdoor demonstrations at the sugar shack and sugar bush from 9:30am – 1:30pm.  Maple products will not be available for sale on this date.

On Saturday, March 14, the program will include both an indoor and an outdoor component.  Programs will run from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.  The two-hour program 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 and sugar bush to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of maple sugaring.  Attendees may choose to attend the indoor and/or the outdoor portions of the day’s programs.  Maple products will be available for purchase from Roloson Brothers Maple Syrup, set up in the environmental education center parking lot.

Participants should dress for the weather.

Maple sugaring programs for school groups, home-school students and other special interest groups will be offered Tuesdays through Fridays. 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:





SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020 –  9:00AM – 11:00AM

Get an early start on the day’s maple sugaring events at the Montour Preserve with our third annual pancake fundraiser breakfast! Enjoy pancakes, sausages, fruit, hot coffee, cocoa, juice and, of course, maple syrup!

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for children under age 3.  Tickets must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be available at the door.  Online ticket sales end February 27 at 11:30pm or when sold out.


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