Maple Sugaring (5-8)

The School Maple Sugaring program is designed to allow students a firsthand experience in the delicious tradition of maple sugaring. Field Teachers lead outdoor walks to observe trees and wildlife in late winter, and to see and taste sap as it's being collected. We end the tour with a visit to our sugarhouse to see just how sap changes to maple syrup and a sweet sample of our fresh syrup.

Two-hour program program option includes a longer nature walk on trails to investigate the survival strategies and adaptations of winter wildlife.

Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Program Location(s):

Ipswich River, Topsfield


5, 6, 7, 8


  • Program cost depends on number of students and length of program. Mass Audubon charges a flat fee per group of 15 students ("sub-group"). For a one hour program, the first sub-group is $130, and any additional sub-groups are $100 each. Maximum of 6 sub-groups of 15 students or 90 total students. Entry fees to certain field trip locations not included.
    Please contact us for a direct quote.

Curriculum Frameworks:

5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling

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