2018 Maple Syrup Project Dates and Events

⋅   Maple Tree Tapping Event: Saturday January 20th or 27th (weather dependent) | 1-3pm | Paige Hall at Tufts University | More              information here

⋅  Maple Lessons: January 29th to March 2nd | Volunteer teachers in Somerville Public School 2nd grade classrooms!

⋅  Maple Brunch Fundraiser at The IndependentMonday February 19th | 11am-3pm | More information coming soon!

⋅  Maple Field Trips: Thursday March 8th and Friday March 9th | Somerville Growing Center | To volunteer email                                  

⋅  Community Boil Down: Saturday March 10th | 10am-1pm | Somerville Growing Center | More details coming soon!



History of the Somerville Maple Syrup Project: What began 12 years ago as the small-scale tapping of a few trees on Tufts campus has now grown into a fully-fledged educational project that involves organizations and individuals throughout the Somerville community. Each winter, with our partners at the Somerville Community Growing Center, the Somerville Public Schools, Tufts University, and volunteers from the community, Groundwork Somerville taps local sugar maple trees and collects the sap.  Simultaneously, Groundwork staff and trained community volunteers teach a four-week arts and science curriculum to second graders at public schools across the city.  The season culminates in a spectacular community boil down event held at the Somerville Community Growing Center, which is free and open to the public.  Metal shop students from Somerville High made and maintain the evaporator pan where we boil the sap into syrup.  The syrup is given as thank-you gifts to community partners.

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If you are interested in volunteering to help with sap collection or with in-class education as a part of the 2018 Maple Syrup Project, please email

*Help us make the Maple Syrup Project even better!*

$12 funds one student’s experience in the Maple Syrup Project
 buys a new sap collection bucket
 funds a session of the maple education series for a classroom
 funds the 4-session maple education series in one classroom
 makes you an event sponsor of the Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival


Thank you to donors, volunteers, and sponsors for your support.  We couldn’t do it without you! Special thanks to our 2018 Supporters: Cuisine en Locale, The Independent Resturaunt, Aeronaut Brewery, Whole Foods, Tufts University, Somerville Public Schools

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Check out how we tap the trees here:

Tree Tapping Video


Vintage posters from the 2016 event will be on sale at the Boil Down Festival for $20.

CLICK HERE to pre-order your letterpress poster!!!

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Read about the Maple Syrup Project in the Press!