Top Events: Maple Harvest Festival & Pancake Breakfast

Learn all about maple syrup and maybe eat a pancake, too, during the annual Maple Harvest Festival at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center!

Slated for March 28 and 29, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily, it promises fun for the whole family.

Have you ever watched costumed interpreters demonstrate sugaring techniques used by pioneers and Native Americans? Ever tapped a maple tree to see the sap transform into syrup?

If not, this your chance! Kids will be entertained, and adults are sure to learn something, too. Additional activities include live music (performers to be announced), live animal programs and a climbing wall.

This unique festival is free for children 5 and under; $10 for nonmembers ($6 ages 6-11); and $5 for members ($3 ages 6-11). The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, two local pork sausage patties, applesauce and beverages (juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate).

Those interested but without transportation can ride the “Maple Bus” from Penn State's campus, which is available by reservation until sold out.

The festival takes place about 20 minutes from State College at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. The facility was founded in 1976 as a community resource and field laboratory where Penn State students could get hands-on, in-the-field experience.

The center is only a stone’s throw away from Rothrock State Forest, Whipple Dam State Park and Greenwood Furnace State Park, meaning lots of opportunities for recreation exist nearby.

More events we recommend:

  • Feb. 28: Are you a cash-strapped skier or snowboarder? Then check out Five Dollar Friday at Tussey Mountain, the perfect chance to hit the slopes! This is the mountain’s best February deal – ride all day for just five bucks! Lessons are available for all ability levels at 2:00 and 6:30 p.m.
  • March 1: Join the Nittany Divers SCUBA Club as they host a presentation by Sylvia Earle to help bring awareness to ocean conservation initiatives by the Penn State vommunity. Earle is currently the Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic and was the first appointed female chief scientist of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. She is a pioneer in research, and has totaled over 7,000 hours underwater on more than 100 expeditions. The lecture is at 12:00 p.m. in the Thomas Building.
  • March 6-8: Come see us at the Everything Home Expo Central PA. No matter the project at hand, the top local experts will be there to help with the process! The expo is in a new location this year (200 Ellis Place), and offers more to see and do than ever before. Hours: March 6, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.; March 7, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and March 8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission: $3/day, $5/weekend, kids and military free.
  • March 7-8: Celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday with free admission to the Pennsylvania Military Museum! Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday; 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
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