Maple Sugaring Open House

Saturday, March 9

Hamden’s Recreation Dept. and the Friends of Brooksvale Park invite you to their annual Maple Sugaring Open House.

Park staff and Friends of Brooksvale Park members, joined by community volunteers will be at various learning stations to share with you the history and science behind this ancient craft. Native American legends about the discovery of maple sugaring will be presented. Exhibits, artifacts, and a visit to the maple grove and sugar shack will provide an opportunity to understand the process from sap to syrup.

The program is FREE and open to the public and geared for school age children to adults. Though the Veterans’ Memorial Building where the storytelling takes place is accessible, keep in mind the other learning stations are outdoors where the ground can be slippery snow and uneven. Heavy rain or snow will cancel the program. Maple sugaring season is traditionally muddy and cold, so participants should dress for the weather.

A limited supply of 100% Maple Syrup made at the park and by local sugar makers will be available during the open house while supplies last. Donation is $8 for a half pint.  All donations support this program and other educational opportunities at the park. Paid Friends of Brooksvale members can reserve ONE ½ pint container of syrup, production and supply allowing. Email or call 203-287-2669 leaving your name and telephone number.  Membership information is at

Brooksvale Park is located 1 mile off Whitney Avenue (Route 10) at 524 Brooksvale Avenue in Northern Hamden. For more information and directions you can call 203-287-2669, visit or find Brooksvale Park on Facebook.

For more information about getting involved in the Friends of Brooksvale Park visit and find the Friends on Facebook. Incorporated in 2003 this park group has taken on projects small (trail work) to large (the New Animal Barn) and would love to have you be a part of the fun and mission to continue improving the park for all ages.

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