PORTER | Warm up with an early taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be filled with the activities of maple sugaring from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1, 2, 8 and 9.
See how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and learn how the early settlers used large iron kettles to create syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Try a hand at drilling a tap hole, lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoying a free taste of pure maple syrup. Admission for all activities is free.
Take a short, easy stroll down the farm trail on this self-guided program to learn more about this part of our shared heritage. Along the way, help the kids complete a junior ranger activity sheet so they can earn a free Junior Ranger Heritage Patch. Then warm up in the farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. Pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products, will be for sale on site.
Maple Sugar Time takes place at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12. Call (219) 395-1882.