Maple Sugar Time Starts this Weekend at National Lakeshore

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News Release Date: February 28, 2017

It’s almost Maple Sugar Time at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm. The historic farm will be bustling with maple sugaring activities from 10:00 am– 4:00 pm on the weekends of March 4-5 and March 11-12, 2017.
In addition to the free, ranger-led tours of the sugaring operation, a tasty variety of food will be available for purchase. The Chesterton Lion’s Club will be offering a pancake breakfast, with pure maple syrup, and the Twisted Citrus food truck will have a special maple-themed menu for the event. There will also be pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products like maple-flavored popcorn and maple water, for sale on site.
One-hour tours start every 20 minutes each day. Join one to 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. 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 Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at and our Facebook page at

Last updated: February 28, 2017

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