Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Phone (717) 642-5840


2018 Maple Sugaring Season

Sugaring, the art of making maple syrup, has been practiced for thousands of years. The tradition began in the Northeast United States centuries ago with the Native Americans and colonists. People of all ages are invited to see this tradition brought to life by Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve naturalists. You will learn how trees are tapped, view sap-collecting methods past and present, and see the boiling process that produces delicious maple syrup.

This 90-minute tour program is conducted throughout the last few weeks of February and into early March (weather permitting). Public demonstrations are available during Mount Hope Maple Madness, the last Saturday in February and the first Saturday in March. Organized groups (such as schools, scout groups, etc.) may schedule private demonstrations on the Preserve, February 15 – March 15.

Mount Hope Maple Madness – Feb. 24 & March 3 2018!

Strawberry Hill’s annual Mount Hope Maple Madness maple sugaring festival is held every year on the last Saturday in February and the first Saturday in March.

7:30 – 11:30am   Pancake Breakfast and Local Art & Craft Vendors
9:00am – 12:00pm Maple Sugaring Tours (90 minute tour; last tour begins at 12pm and runs until 1:30pm)
Tickets available at the door.
All-you-care-to-eat Pancake Breakfast: $8 Adult / $4 Child
Maple Sugaring Tour: $8 Adult / $5 Child
“SWEET DEAL”: Best Price — Breakfast & a Tour   $12 Adult / $7 Child (under 3 Free)

Festival location:

Camp Eder  –  914 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, PA 17320

(On left, 1 mile away on your way to Strawberry Hill)

Interested in being a vendor? Here’s your info: 2018 Vendor Letter

Want to volunteer at the festival? Sign up online!
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Can’t attend the festival? Private programs available Feb. 15 – March 15!

Tuesday – Saturday reservations available!

Call the office in advance to schedule your organized group. Private program fees apply, minimum two week advance reservation required. Unless otherwise noted during the reservation process, private programs are conducted on-site at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve. For more information or to schedule a program call Strawberry Hill at (717) 642-5840 or email us at

Thank you to our 2017 Maple Madness sponsors!


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