The 2018 Maple Syrup Festival

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staff talking to children

February 24-25, 2018, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.     

Enjoy two full days of family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, interpretive hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, live music, vendors and artisans, and much more.  

Free Entry, but you'll need to register for the Pancake Breakfast. Featuring syrup collected from sugar maple trees on our property.  The breakfast is served 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. both days.  

  • $12 - ages 13 and up
  • $6 - ages 6 to 12
  • Free - ages 5 and under

Touch of Nature members get VIP Service.  Not a member?  To sign up for a membership, please go here.  

Register you and your family for the Pancake Breakfast here


Natural woven baskets from Log Cabin Baskets.

Silk embroidery from Prairie Quilts and More.

Beekeeping from SI All-A-Buzz.

Alpaca yarn and goat's milk products from Red Dutch's Farm.

Rope making from the Heartland Rope Makers Guild.

Handmade textiles and jewelry from For Kid's Sake.

Natural soaps and lotions from Sanctuary Home Spa Works.  

Hide tanning and primitive living skills presented by Kevin Clinton.

Wood and pottery products from Earth-N-Wood.

American Indian author and historian George Godfrey.

Backwoods works.  

     More to be announced.   







Climbing wall
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Maple syrup demonstrations
10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lumberjack demonstrations presented by the SIU Forestry Club
9:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Saluki Environmental Educators (SEE) will present Wildlife Winter Homes demonstrating different types of winter habitats by building "model homes" out of cardboard and have costumes of native animals so kids can dress up as their favorite critter.
Ongoing in Morris Lodge

Interpretive hikes presented by the Saluki Environmental Educators (SEE).
10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Blacksmith demonstrations presented by graduate students in the SIU Blacksmithing program.
12-2 p.m. 

"Maple Syrup Farmer"-film
Noon and 2 p.m.

Children's activities throughout the day.   




Individuals with disabilities are welcomed.  Call 618/453-5738 to request accommodations.