Maple Sugar ToursCornwall, N.Y. -   On Saturday, February 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will be hosting A Sugaring Off Celebration to celebrate the opening of the museum's Maple Sugaring season and to kick off a month of Maple Sugar Tours. The Maple Sugar Tours take place at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. On opening day, visitors can experience expanded Maple Festivities along with their Maple Sugar Tours guided by Museum Educators. Festivities include a tree tapping demonstration and taste test, special crafts and games, Native American story telling around a camp fire and more!

Beginning on Saturday, February 27 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through March 20, dates are March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, two types of Maple Sugar Tours will be offered. Sugarbush Tours: 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm: A one mile moderate hike through field and forest to the sugar shack (weather dependent) and Maple Lane Tours: 12:00pm and 3:00pm; perfect for little legs, a short walk from the Farmhouse to the sugar maple stand.

Tour size is limited so visitors are encouraged to sign-up for their tour as soon as they arrive. On the tours, visitors will learn the history of one of New York's best loved treats and important industries in the state. Visitors will also learn how to tap a maple tree, how to collect the sap and how the sap boils down in an evaporator to become maple syrup. "It takes 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of maple syrup," said Environmental Educator Megan Hoffman.

On the final stop of the tour, visit the Museum's farmhouse for the "taste test challenge." The Nature Shop will also be open where local maple syrup and other gifts are available for purchase. For all tours, visitors are asked to dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear for snow and mud. Admission for tours- Non-Members: $10/Adults, $7/Children ages 3-17. Museum Members: $7/Adults, $4/Children ages 3-17. For more information, call 845-534-5506, ext. 204 or visit


The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum once again offers its popular Maple Sugar Tours every weekend through Sunday March 20 beginning with an Opening Day Celebration Saturday, February 27th. Photo by George Potanovic, Jr.

For additional information contact:
Joanna Reisner, Marketing Assistant
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
845-534-5506, ext. 212