Published on February 1, 2019

Create Sweet Memories at Ipswich River

Bottes of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary maple syrup

Start a new tradition and participate in the fun of maple sugaring by renting a sugar maple bucket—for yourself or as a gift.

A gift of a sugar maple bucket rental will be remembered all year long. We do all the work and you get the reward!

Our delicious 100% natural maple syrup is made the old-fashioned way and is produced from our Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary sugar maple trees.

Bucket rental is $85* and includes:

  • A hands-on opportunity to tap your tree at a special sugaring tour on Saturday, February 23 (limited to 4 per family)
  • An 8-ounce bottle of Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary maple syrup at season's end
  • A certificate of "rental" attractively printed and suitable for gift giving

*Please Note: Only $25 of the $85 fee is tax deductible. In compliance with IRS regulations, we certify that no goods or services were provided in consideration of this gift.

Rent a Bucket

Orders must be placed before February 22!

To request a Sugar Maple Bucket Rental, call the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary at 978-887-9264.

Create Sweet Memories Sugaring Tour

Saturday, February 23 

1:30–3:30 pm • 10:00 am–12:00 pm (FILLED) 

Exclusive tour only available to recipients of a Sugar Maple Bucket Rental! 

At the beginning of the sugaring season, join Property Manager Richard Wolniewicz, who oversees our sugaring operation, for a two-hour interactive program to learn the ins and outs of sugaring.

Then you'll walk to our sugar grove to tap your very own sugar maple. After hammering in your spile, listen as the first sap of the season drips into your bucket. Visit our steamy sugarhouse to see the sap boiled down into syrup and enjoy a sampling of pancakes straight off the grill topped with our fresh syrup!

View a short video of our syrup making process:

Video by Glenn Scott Photography