DIY Sugar Maple Tree Tapping

Looking for a Family - Friendly Spring Activity?

Early spring days, when the sun is getting stronger and the birds are returning is a fabulous time to be outside with the kids and grandkids learning a new useful skill!

Try tree tapping in Wayzata's Big Woods using a DIY Tree Tapping kit. 


  • It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.
  • Sugar Maple, Black, Red and Silver Maple are the best trees to tap, because they have the highest sugar content, but Birch, Walnut or Boxelder may also be tapped. 
  • Native Americans taught Minnesota pioneers the skill of making maple syrup, which provided sweetener when sugar was scarce.
  • The Native Americans used birch bark containers fixed with fir tree pitch glue the bark together to stop leaking.
  • Native Americans knew it was time to move to the “sugar bush” camp (the hardwood maple forests) when they saw the crows return.
  • Maple sugaring stops when the sap runs cloudy, the trees start budding, or the frogs start croaking after a thunder and lightning storm

Sign Up

Click here to sign up for a DIY tree-tapping kit.

Kits will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis. We will contact you if you are placed on the waitlist. After you sign up, kits can be picked up at Public Works Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Download the DIY Guide & Instructions