March Maple Events


March marks the start of spring and a sweet-tasting tradition. Join the Essex Region Conservation Authority as we celebrate Maple Syrup’s natural and cultural heritage in our community. We have a number events on tap for the month hosted at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area.

The Homestead is located at 915 Essex County Road 50, Essex, ON (corner of Iler Road and County Road 50).

Learn more at our new Science of Maple exhibit, made possible by the generous support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

If you have any questions about our Maple events or would like to book a school trip, contact Curator Kris Ives at 519-738-2029 or


Maple Syrup Festival
Sunday, March 4. 11am to 4pm

Wear your boots to Essex County’s premier Maple Syrup Festival. Make maple taffy in the snow, and see syrup being made the pioneer way. Pure maple products for sale.

$6/adult, $4/child, $20 family maximum.


Maple March Break for Families
Tuesday, March 13 and Friday, March 16. 1:30 pm sharp

Arrive early, dress warmly and wear boots. Families tour the site with a costumed guide and discover the sweet process of maple syrup and sugar making in the pioneer method. Help carry the sap using pails and a wooden yoke. Try your hand at the brace and bit drill. See the trees tapped and the sap evaporating. Learn the history of this sweet springtime treat as you help to make and taste maple sugar.

$6/adult, $4/child, $20 family maximum.


Maple Moon
Tuesday, March 13. 7-8:30pm

Join us for an old-fashioned sugaring off party! Help collect sap and boil it down by moonlight. Make taffy on the snow, join in the barn dance, linger for star gazing and legends.

$15/person. Pre-registration required.

Register online at


Maple Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, March 24. 6:00 pm.

Join us at Oxley Estate Winery for a maple-themed dinner. Proceeds from this event go towards the Essex Region Conservation Foundation for cultural heritage to protect and restore the John R. Park Homestead.

Enjoy delectable courses with a taste of maple at every step. Homestead interpreters will be on hand to teach about maple history in the region. Guests can also enjoy maple taffy with an outdoor demonstration by Oxley’s culinary staff.

2018 Menu Coming Soon!

To reserve a seat at the event, contact Oxley Estate at 519-738-3264.