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Maple Syrup Festival
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Maple Syrup Festival
Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival Canceled

In compliance with COVID-19 mitigation protocols, we will not be holding our annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast scheduled for the last weekend in February. This is in alignment with restrictions put into effect November 20.

As a division of SIUC Student Affairs, we are working in conjunction with the main campus to make sure we are doing what we can to keep people safe while continuing to serve students and the community as effectively as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Always the last Weekend in February

Enjoy two full days family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, interpretive hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, children's activities, vendors and artisans, and much more. The Maple Syrup Festival is free and welcome to all ages.  


Touch of Nature is located about 8 miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road.  The Festival takes place at our Camp 2 location.  Visit our location page for our regular business hours and how to get here.  


What would a Maple Syrup Festival be without a delicious pancake breakfast?  Enjoy a home-cooked pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. topped with maple syrup harvested from trees on our own grounds.  While the festival is free, there is some cost for the pancake breakfast.  


Each year, the Maple Syrup Festival includes opportunities to participate in interactive programs, learn about arts and crafts, and purchase items from artisans from all over the Midwest and beyond. Including:

  • Leave No Trace
  • Beekeeping 
  • Natural woven baskets
  • Silk embroidery
  • Alpaca yarn and goat's milk products
  • Rope making
  • Natural soaps and lotions
  • Hide tanning and primitive living skills
  • Wood and pottery products
  • Backwoods works.
  • Nature jewelry.
  • Embroidery Workshop
  • Elderberry and hickory syrup and preserves
  • Mushroom cultivation



  • Harvesting maple syrup past and present. 
  • Lumberjack Demonstrations with the SIU Forestry Club.
  • Tree ID hikes with the SIU Chapter of the Society of American Foresters.
  • Children's activities throughout the day. 
  • Silk embroidery from Prairie Quits and More.
  • Beekeeping from SI All-A-Buzz.
  • Alpaca yarn and goat's milk products from Red Dutchess Farm.
  • Hide tanning and primitive living skills presented by Kevin Clinton. 
  • Wood and pottery products from Earth-N-Wood.
  • Nature jewelry from Molly Flower Design.
  • Jellies and jams from Glacier's End.
  • Log Cabin in the Baskets.
  • Rope making from the Heartland Ropemaker's Guild.
  • Flyway Family Farms.
  • Lick Creek Pork & Beef

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