Family Camp With a Sweet Theme

By: Dunes Learning Center Last Updated: January 24, 2014

Maple-SugaringOvernight workshop explores the history and science of maple sugaring

Dunes Learning Center’s first overnight family program is already off to a “sweet” start.

Their Focus on Maple Sugaring workshop, scheduled for February 21-22, will explore the history and science of maple sugaring through stories, crafts, games and hands-on activities—including the opportunity to tap one of their local Sugar Maples.

“Cold temperatures bode well for sap production,” says Dunes Learning Center’s Director of Education, Erin Crofton. "When the days start getting warmer and the nights remain cold, pressure builds up in the tree and the sweet sap starts moving—making February and March prime maple sugaring time at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore."

Participants will get the chance to test the science for themselves in this retreat-style workshop. They’ll tap, boil and taste the sugary fruits of their labors, while gaining an appreciation for the long history of maple sugaring in the dunes.

Beginning with Native Americans, and continuing through early settlers like the Chellberg Family to today’s modern farms, maple sugaring has long been part of Northwest Indiana’s agricultural and cultural heritage. Presented in partnership with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Focus on Maple Sugaring promises fun for all ages.

The workshop will run from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21 through 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Lodging is provided in modern, heated cabins, each with 4 bunk beds and a private bathroom. Tuition is $95 per person and includes food, shared lodging & materials. Fill a cabin with four people for just $300. Register online before February 16 at or phone Kellie Koerner at (219)395-9555.