Tapping sap from a tree during Maplefest


Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18

  • Discover all four ways the Arboretum collects maple sap
  • See if sap is flowing today on the self-guided Maple Walk
  • Browse maple-themed goodies including Arboretum maple syrup and candies in the Gift Store and Balcony

Grandpa Alan's Sugar Shack

Alan and Kamie Page - Grandpa Alan's Sugar ShackSaturday, March 17, join author Kamie Page (and perhaps her dad, Alan, former Supreme Court Judge and Vikings Hall of Famer!) for a 10:30 a.m. reading at the Gift & Garden store.

Kamie and Alan wrote "Grandpa Alan's Sugar Shack" about Alan's syruping adventures in the family's cabin in Northern Minnesota. Bring the family for this fun reading, get a signed copy of their book and help kids understand the wonderful tradition!


Maplefest Buffet Brunch

MapleFest Brunch

Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Hibernation is over! Celebrate the maple season and spring awakening at the Arboretum's 2nd annual MapleFest Brunch (formerly pancake breakfast.) Brunch features pancakes, Minnesota egg bake, candied maple bacon, real Arboretum maple syrup, and much more!

Walk-ins welcome, but advance reservations are recommended for this popular event to ensure seating.

Price: $13 members/$15 non-member/$9 ages 8 and under
MacMillan Auditorium, Oswald Visitor Center

Sold Out     Although Registration has closed, walk-ins are welcome.

Maple Trail and Sugarhouse Tours, Frog Hollow

Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Get right to the source. Check out the action on the Maple Trail! The trees know it - how about you? Sync up with the changing season, bring friends and family into the maples for a sweet goodbye to winter. Each action stop on the Maple Trail offers a different real-time look at the process - and takes you closer to your reward. Is pressure rising inside trees? Check the gauge. Turn the drill to tap a tree. Sip a toast to spring - fresh maple sap! Is it flowing today? Watch tubes and bags. Confront the evaporation challenge - and then finally, you earned it...a delicious taste of maple sugar, at the cabin in the heart of the sugarbush.

Don't forget to visit the Sugarhouse and the Maple Room too. See how the evaporator works, check out maple traditions across cultures, and make your own souvenir "spile" from a twig to spill the sap.

MapleFest Brunch Menu

Thanks to the generosity of Sturdiwheat, a Minnesota-based company, for donating the pancake mix for the Saturday and Sunday brunch.