Festival of the Sugar Maples

2023 Public Programs: March 4, 5, 6 & March 11, 12, 13
School program dates are February 28, 29 and 30 and March 7, 8, 9.

Held at Coral Woods Conservation Area

Note: Sign up for a Free Time Slot Required.

The flowing of the maple sap is a sure sign that spring is just around the corner! Celebrate the change of seasons with McHenry County Conservation District’s annual event: Festival of the Sugar Maples, at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive in Marengo!

Take this unique opportunity to learn the fascinating history of maple sugaring and the evolution of the sap collection process. Tours last approximately one hour and involve a half-mile hike through a snowy woodland trail. Dress for the weather.  No pets please.

Sales Tent: Pick up some pure maple syrup (from Wisconsin and Vermont), maple flavored candies, maple syrup straws and fresh maple cookies from Kay and Jo’s Bakery in Marengo will be available for purchase.  Looking to try to tap your own maple tree? Pick up a spile with instructions on how to make your own syrup. 

Since 1979, the Conservation District has educated thousands of visitors about the process of turning the sap from maple trees into delicious maple syrup. The 2022 event is made possible in part by a generous donation from  Amerigas sponsorship of the Evaporator House!