Maple Syrup Festivals

Saturdays, March 28 & April 11, 2015 | Open house: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Pre-registration preferred, but WALK-INS ARE WELCOME! Directions below.

maple syrup festival

Join us for what has become our most popular event of the year!

Sap collecting, syrup cooking, horse-drawn rides, demonstrations, and hot maple syrup sundaes await the whole family.

Before You Come:

  • The festival is ENTIRELY OUTDOORS - rain, snow or shine. Please dress for the weather.
  • It is extremely muddy, snowy, and occasionally icy out at the sugar shack. We HIGHLY recommend wearing boots.
  • Please LEAVE DOGS AND PETS AT HOME. While we love them too, they are not allowed in the Abbey Arboretum.
  • All the activities are going on throughout the festival between 1-4 p.m.

Registration Type
OutdoorU Member 
Scout Groups
  • Adult
  • Youth (ages 4 - 17)
  • Child (ages 3 & under)
  • CSB/SJU student
  • Monastery Member
    St. John's & St. Ben's
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Please note that scouts participating in the patch program must preregister but are not eligible for the discount. 



Registration is near the Saint John's Prep School on the Old Entrance Road

The Sugar Shack is approximately 0.8 miles from the New Science Center at Saint John's University.

  • Take the Saint John’s University exit from Interstate I-94 and head towards campus
  • Continue straight at the 4-way stop, heading toward the Abbey Bell Banner.
  • Follow the signs and volunteers to available parking near the Prep School or Science Buildings.
  • Registration will be visible on the Old Entrance Road beyond the Prep School.
  • View a campus map.



Registration begins in March.

  • Saint John's Outdoor U Marketplace: Secure credit card transaction.
  • Scout Troop Registration: Pre-register without payment. We will bill the scout troop after the festival.

Preregistration is preferred but not required (Scout registration IS REQUIRED for scouts to receive a patch).

***If you are a family with scouts interested in receiving a maple syrup patch, and are not participating with your troop, please use the Saint John's Outdoor University Marketplace you can select that option on the registration form.***