4-H Maple Sugaring 101

From Sap, to Syrup, to Sales
A six-week program open to Maine youth ages 9 and up

Photo of bucket hanging on tapped maple tree.Not long after the New Year celebrations have ended and Maine hunkers down for several more weeks of winter, some farmers and landowners across the state turn their attention to maple sugar season. Depending on the weather, maple trees start to release their sweetness anytime between February and April and there’s a lot of work to be done to prepare for collecting the sap and boiling it down into syrup.

Maple Sugaring 101 is a 6-week program open to Maine youth ages 9 and up who are interested in learning about the maple sugaring process from start to finish. Participants will learn about tree identification, tapping trees, sap collection, using an evaporator, grading and canning syrup, and operating a maple sugaring business.

Each week, participants will learn about the process and connect with other young maple sugarmakers through online meetings and in-person workshops led by Extension and University of Maine experts. Online meetings are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, 5:30–6:30 p.m.: February 7, February 14, and February 28. On-site workshops will be held at participating sugarhouses on Saturdays. Youth will need to travel to participating sugarhouses.

Who: Youth ages 9 and older

Where: University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host the weekday meetings via Zoom; Onsite sessions will be located located at a partnering sugarhouse.

What: During this 6-week program, participants will learn about the entire process, from forest management, tapping trees, transporting sap, using an evaporator, grading and storing syrup, to operating a maple sugaring business.

Why: To have fun while experiencing the essential aspects of the maple sugaring process and meet other young maple sugar makers across the state.


Dates of sugar house visits will vary by county, but will vary by sugar house locations. Date ranges for sugar houses in central and southern Maine may fall within:

  • First session: Mid to late February
  • Second session: Early to mid-March
  • Third session: Mid to late March

We appreciate the support of our sugar house partners:

  • The Maple Moose, Easton, Maine
  • Bradbury Maple Farms, Bridgewater, Maine
  • Duck Grove Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Online, 5:30–6:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:

  • February 7, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • February 28, 2024

Registration is required, but there is no cost.

Enroll Online (ZSuite)

Enrollment in 4-H is required, but there is no cost. Enrollment ends February 5, 2024.

For more information or to register, contact your county office or Andrew Hudacs, andrew.hudacs@maine.edu, 207.581.8204:

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General questions about the program can be directed to Andrew Hudacs, andrew.hudacs@maine.edu; 207.581.8204.

For more information or a reasonable accommodation, please contact the person listed at one of the local county offices listed above.

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