Maple Fest

Maple Fest!

Sunday, March 17, 2019 | 9 - 4 pm
Cayuga Nature Center

Pancake breakfast, live music, vendors, and education activities for all ages! Come on Sunday the 17th to feast on wonderful pancakes catered by Luna. Breakfast will be served from 9 am - 1 pm, activities run from 10 am - 2 pm.

This year, we are having our wonderful breakfast catered by Luna. Luna will be serving buttermilk pancakes, local maple syrup, breakfast sausage, and an apple dish. Coffee from Copper Horse coffee roasters and orange juice are also on the menu. There will also be informative presentations, including the Maple Tour with Dr. Brian Chabot, and talks on the avian Animal Ambassadors at the Nature Center and the fish of Cayuga Lake. There is live music by the Canaan Jazz Trio and Brookton Bridge from 10:00 - 12:30!

Presentations schedule:

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Live birds program with Savannah Wilson, our Animal Education Manager. Come meet some of our native avian Animal Ambassadors and learn more about their species.
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Maple Tour with Dr. Brian Chabot, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University. Learn about maple sugar production and the impact of climate change on a walking tour of the Cayuga Nature Center’s maple trail with Dr. Brian Chabot. Professor Chabot is an expert on the ecology of sugar maple as a dominant forest tree species, the technologies used to produce sugar sustainably, and the future of the maple sugar industry.
  • 1:00 pm -2:00 pm - Fish of Cayuga Lake with Natalee Wrege, Manager of Aquatic Animals. Join Natalee on an exploration of Cayuga Lake’s aquatic biodiversity by observing the animals featured in our Cayuga Lake aquariums. This presentation will introduce visitors to some of the native, exotic and invasive species found in our local aquatic ecosystems. This presentation will focus on the changes that the Cayuga Lake Bioregion has endured over the 300 years and how humans have influenced these changes.


  • 10:00-10:45am - Canaan Jazz Trio. The Canaan Jazz Trio is Ted Caldwell (bass), Wayne Gottlieb (guitar, vocals) and Michael Ludgate (mandolin). We play jazz and swing from the 1920's-30's with a dash of Hank Williams thrown in to keep you awake.
  • 11:00-12:30pm - Brookton Bridge. Brookton Bridge plays passionate + savory alt-folk-rock with a world beat twist. All original music, featuring vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, melodica, keys and congas. Toe tapping and smile inducing.

Vendors include:

  • Daisy Hollow Farm - All-natural, handcrafted soaps, lotions, lip balms, deodorants, salves, etc. Handcrafted needle-felted soap scrubbies made using their own hand-dyed wool.


  • Members: $10 adult, $5 Children, Age 3 and under Free, $25 Family(up to 5 people)
  • Non- Members: $12 adult, $7 Children, Age 3 and Under Free, $35 Family
  • YNAP member families receive free admission.