Special Event


Maple Sugar Time

Indiana Dunes National Park


Regular national park fees apply. For more information, visit the Fees and Passes page.


Chellberg Farm, North of U.S. Highway 20 on Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN 46304, Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 41.624679, -87.089502 (Decimal Degrees)

Repeating Event


Every day


March 09, 2024 to March 10, 2024


10:00 AM


6 hours

Type of Event

Cultural/Craft Demonstration
Guided Tour
Living History
Partner Program


Enjoy a sweet taste of spring during Indiana Dunes National Park’s annual Maple Sugar Time festival. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with self-guided tours and maple sugaring activities from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10. Regular national park fees apply.

In addition to the tours, delicious maple-themed products will be available for sale. Stop by the front of the farmhouse where Indiana produced maple syrup and related products. You can even learn how to make maple syrup at home and how modern maple sugar farmers make syrup today.   

During the weekend, rangers and volunteers will be stationed along the farm trail to explain how Native Americans first boiled maple sap into sugar and how early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. While walking along the maple trail you will pass by the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Kids can learn how to tap a tree at the Maple Fun Zone and can meet some of the farm animals while enjoying a maple syrup snow cone. 

Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, call (219) 395-1882 or visit our website, and our Facebook page.

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