Maple Syrup Time

Maple Syrup Volunteer

Check back in January for 2021 dates!

Maple Syrup Time on the Weekends

Leave No Child Inside

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About the program

Maple syrup can only be produced in certain U.S states and Canada and only at a certain time of the year. Above freezing day temperatures and below freezing night temperatures bring out maple sugar farmers and park staff toting their supply of buckets, spiles, drills, and tubing to tap the trees and gather the sap. Aren’t we lucky to be in a part of the world where climate and conditions allow us to make pure maple syrup? Come witness this special time of the year.

Tapping Trees

Meet in front of the gift shop on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how maple trees are tapped without harming the tree itself.

Sugar Shack

From tree to table - the sugar shack is where the sap is boiled, creating the sweet syrup we know and love!


Visit the colorful voyageur-era volunteers as they make maple syrup over an open fire. Learn a little history, like how maple sugar sustained Native Americans through long, difficult winters.

Wood's Historic Grist Mill

Meet the miller as he grinds corn into stone-ground cornmeal. Don't forget to taste Deep River's pure maple syrup while you're there!

Popcorn & a Movie

Purchase some popcorn and warm up while you watch the 30-minute film "Maple Syrup Farmer", which will be shown at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30 below the gift shop.

Deep River Store

Purchase your very own maple syrup, maple sugar candy, and a spile to start your own backyard sugaring! Plenty of other unique items and gifts available!

Make a Mokuk

Make a mokuk craft... the earliest known container for carrying sap.

Tree Interpretation

Maple Syrup Time Weekday Field Trip Reservations

  • Deep River County Park Wood’s Historic Grist Mill area March 10 to 13, 17 to 20, 2020
  • Tour Length and Times: 9:30 to11:30 a.m. or Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Tour last 2 hours and includes inside and outside elements around the park. (Please dress for weather conditions)
  • Fee: $2 per person, children and adults
  • Program design: For 1st grade through adults. Great for groups with various ages
  • Have younger students? New “Maple Syrup Monkeys” program available for preschool groups, View more information
  • Reservation Restrictions: 15 person minimum, 120 maximum.
  • Deposit: $20 deposit required at least 2 weeks in advance. 
  • Reserve: Call 219-769-7275 to reserve your group in January. You don’t want to miss this popular springtime educational experience.


  • Tree Tapping: Learn the magic of nature. Find out what tree sap is, which trees produce sap that can be turned into syrup, and how and when sap can be collected.
  • Sugar Shack: At the Sugar Shack, science takes over! This is where sap from the tree becomes pure maple syrup fit for the breakfast table. Our wood–fired evaporator turns sap into dark amber deliciousness.
  • Voyagers: Hear the legend of how maple syrup was discovered as historical reenactors make maple sugar over an open fire.
  • Deep River Store: Stop in our store, once a nondenominational church built in 1904, to view items that would have been for sale in a general store from the past. Also if you would like to shop, there are lots of souvenirs to choose from.

If nothing else be sure to add on a souvenir size bottle of our pure maple syrup for only $2 per person. It’s a great way to take the experience home with you.

After registering for your tour, you will receive a resource packet to use in the classroom to complete with pre-trip and post-trip activities.

Much of the tour is conducted outdoors, so please dress according to weather conditions.  There are indoor alternatives in case of extreme weather. 

The Sap is Flowing

I Love Maple Syrup- Backyard Sugaring Workshop

  • Saturday, February 22nd 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • $50 per person, $60 per couple. Adults only.

Do you love maple syrup as much as we do? Share your love for pure maple syrup with the one you love during the Valentine’s Day holiday. Learn how to tap a tree, collect sap and boil sap into yummy maple syrup. Workshop includes a starter kit for a backyard sugaring for each participant or couple, so you’ll have everything you need to start sugaring!

This workshop is adults only. Families and children can attend the free public program in March. Registration is required and space is limited. Register by calling 219-947-1958.


Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, IN 46342 at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue. From I-65 and Route 30 go east 4 miles on Route 30 to Randolph Street, then north to the first stop sign and east to the park. GPS coordinates: Deep River Grist Mill: 41.475944,-87.222285