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Trees on Tap: Maple Syrup Making Workshop

Mind blowing fact that will stick with you: maple syrup can be tapped from trees right here in hometown Philly!


Saturday, February 18, 2023


2:00pm - 3:45pm


Woodford Mansion
2300 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Join us for another mapling workshop led by Jethro Heiko, founder of Oak Lane Maple. Jethro will share his sweet story of success tapping many of our area’s trees to turn the sap into syrup. Meet at Woodford Mansion (plenty of parking in rear driveway), and start with a short hike to some nearby sugar trees to learn about the ecological considerations and the sap tapping process. Then you’ll learn all about the boiling and refining process. The workshops ends on a tasty note with the obvious… a pancake party with REAL PA made maple syrup.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are tapping trees with the permission and guidance of our Natural Lands team for demonstration purposes only. Please DO try this at home in your own backyard, but DO NOT try this in the park. Tapping of trees and other forms of foraging/harvesting from the park’s natural areas without official permission is strictly forbidden.

TIMES: There are two sessions being offered on Sunday, February 18 so if one is full, please check out the other.

  • Session I: 2:00-3:45 pm
  • Session II: 4:00 – 5:45 pm

Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25
[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ]


  • Appropriate for adults and families with children ages 6 & up. Minors must be ticketed and accompanied by an adult.
  • Please dress according to weather conditions.
  • Please bring your own water (drinking water is not available in the park).
  • There are bathrooms available at the beginning and end of the workshop if absolutely necessary.

There is plenty of free parking along Woodford’s back driveway (Dauphin Drive side).  As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! Woodford can be reached by taking SEPTA bus route 49 or 32. The bus travels on 33rd Street and stops in front of Woodford at Dauphin Street.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event will be capped. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

GUIDE BIO: Jethro Heiko is the founder of Oak Lane Maple, based in Philly’s East Oak Lane. Jethro is a Reparative Reforesting Fellow and a passionate advocate for community food forestry. In 2020, Jethro tapped the one sugar maple in his backyard and he was hooked. Oak Lane Maple recently partnered with Wyncote Academy to create a “sugar shack” with an evaporator provided by Stockton University. Jethro’s family donated the maple collection van.

This event will take place in light rain or snow. In the event of heavy rain, snow, or other severe conditions, the event will be rescheduled. You will be contacted with info about the new date.