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Up Yonda Farm to host Maple Festival on Saturday, March 9


BOLTON, NY – Maple season has arrived, and Warren County’s Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center on Route 9N in the Town of Bolton will celebrate the sweet season by holding its fourth annual Maple Festival on March 9, 2024!

During Maple Festival, Up Yonda Farm naturalists will lead tours along the property’s Sugar Trail observing the sugarbush, sap collection and sugar house. Stops will include explanation of the history and science of maple sugaring and end with a taste of golden, amber, and dark maple syrup served with French toast stick dippers!

This program is fun for all ages and a great way for families to learn about maple sugaring while experiencing a sugaring operation and enjoying the results of labor! Each interactive tour is about an hour long, and moves from station to station showing visitors the sugaring process -- how to tap a tree, how to boil sap and make syrup and how sugaring has changed over time. Participants will get to try some hands-on activities along the way and smell the maple sap as it boils down.

Tours start every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m.-2:00.p.m. on Saturday, March 9th. Reservations may be made online at Tickets are $5/person. There is also a $5 per vehicle day use parking fee, with proceeds used to support Up Yonda’s operations as an environmental education center.

This program has been very popular so make your reservations early!

In addition, Up Yonda Farm staff can run maple programs for school and community groups on additional days in March. Those who are interested should contact Up Yonda Farm staff at 518-644-9767 for more information.

About Up Yonda Farm

Up Yonda Farm is owned and operated by Warren County. It was donated to Warren County in 1997 by Alice and John Scott and has been running programs for schools and families since then. After you check out Maple Festival this spring, please visit the natural history museum and turtles in the Welcome Center! You can also come back later to snowshoe in the winter and explore our pond, Children’s Sensory Garden and live butterfly exhibit during the spring and summer. And don’t forget our hiking trails with fabulous views of Lake George!