Maple Sugaring Tour, Ipswich, MA
Spring celebrations begin early at the sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling, billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse. On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Syrup is available for sale (quantities may be limited). Tours last about an hour and run rain or shine. Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots because the walk is entirely outdoors. The tour length is about 1 hour.
Fee: $9 ($8, if you are a Mass Audobon member) Note; the fee includes Admission to the sanctuary.
Advance registration is required; Important: You will need individually register and pay the fee; call[masked] (hours 9 am to 4 pm, Monday thru Friday), credit cards are accepted, which is payable to the Ispwich Wildlife Sanctuary .
Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary address: 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983.
From Boston and the south: Take Rt I-95 north to exit 50 and follow Rt 1 north. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97, turn right onto Rt 97 south (toward Beverly and Danvers). Follow Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.
From the north: Take Rt I-95 south to exit 53A and follow Rt 97 south. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97 in Topsfield, stay on Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.
Post MapleTour Lunch options: WeatherVane Tavern
or Red Kitchen and Tavern...
Please indicate in the comments section that you have registered and paid the fee to the Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary.
Please arrive early. The plan is meet by the check-in area at 11:45 am.
We will be meeting as a group at the check- in area. Please wait for the group before checking in, as we will be checking in as a group.
How to find us: I will have a folder with me that says Boston walkers on it. ; )