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PORTER, IN: Enjoy a sweet taste of spring during the annual Maple Sugar Time festival at the recently renamed Indiana Dunes National Park. In addition to the free, ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation at historic Chellberg Farm, a pancake breakfast will be available for purchase from the Chesterton Lion's Club. The farm will be bustling with maple sugaring activities from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the weekends of March 2-3 and March 9-10.
One-hour tours start every 20 minutes each day. Learn how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Try your hand at drilling a tap hole, lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoying a free taste of pure maple syrup!
Warm up in the farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. Pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products like maple-flavored popcorn and maple water, will be for sale on site. You can even learn how to make maple syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers use advanced technology to make syrup today.
Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/
The Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 419 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Up to 3 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.
Last updated: February 22, 2019