Maple Sugar Festival

Maple Sugar Festival

Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6, 2022

For more than 60 years, KNC has celebrated the spring arrival of maple sugaring season. We are excited to bring back this sweet tradition with safety foremost in mind. Most activities, including the pancake breakfast, will take place outside this year. Check out the weekend’s offerings below.

KNC’s annual Maple Sugar Festival is the organizations largest fundraiser. Proceeds support high-quality, innovative programming offered throughout the year.

New in 2022!

Admission options include an all-inclusive Festival Pass with breakfast, treats, and all activities, or an Admission-Only Ticket with a la carte food and activity options. Maple Sugar Tours are included with both ticket options, but pre-registration is required. Tours take place every half hour daily from 9 am – 3 pm and are limited to 20 guests per tour. Please note, all tours are at capacity. 

Admission Rates

All Inclusive Daily Pass:
$7.00 per Member
$17.00 per Non Member
$15.00 per Non Member
Ages 4-17 and 55+

Admission Only Daily Pass:
KNC Members free
$12.00 per Non Member
$10.00 per Non Member
Ages 4-17 and 55+

Visitor Center Activities 9am – 5pm

9 am – 1:30 pm: Outdoor pancake breakfast featuring local ingredients & coffee from Ron’s Beans.

9 am – 3 pm: Maple Sugar Tours depart from Maple Headquarters every half hour; pre-registration is required for tours

2 – 3 pm Sunday only: Storytelling with Larry Plamondon – Amphitheater

10:30 – 11 am  & 3:30 – 4 pm: Birds of Prey presentations – KNC Camp Barn

Visit Maple Headquarters for Hiking Spree medallions, registered tour check-in, on-site tour sign-up (if space is available), activity schedules

Explore the cycles of the forest with your child on the Habitat Haven Story Trail

Art Drawn from Nature exhibit (mask required); details on Page 5

Kids’ crafts – Vista Deck

Sign up for the Hiking Spree in the Visitor Center

Visit Trailhead Gifts & Books for Michigan maple syrup and a wide array of maple products!

DeLano Homestead Activities 1 pm – 5pm

Blacksmithing demonstrations 

Learn about Native American sugaring practices and explore an immersive timeline of maple sugaring 

Traditional games for children 

Add your own artistic contribution to the Earth Loom 

Visit the historic DeLano Homestead farmhouse for maple popcorn and
ice cream with maple syrup

Participate in spring farming activities like soil blocking and chicken encounters in the DeLano Farms Greenhouse 

Thanks to the 2022 Maple Sugar Festival Sponsors!

Fifth Third Bank
River Run Press
Ron's Beans
Seber Tans, PLC

“Sweet” Maple Sugar Festival Sponsorship Opportunities

Maple Sugar Festival is KNC’s longest running and most popular event of the year. The history of Michigan Maple Sugaring is nearly as old as the land itself and the taste of pure maple syrup is as irresistibly delicious today as it was for our ancestors. Your sponsorship is appreciated by KNC’s extensive membership and the 2,800 + guests who come to enjoy all that Maple Sugar Festival has to offer.

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