Maple Syrup and Flapjack Flippin' Fun

posted on Thursday, February 6, 2020

Maple Syrup Festival is March 2 & 3, 2019

Interpretive Center at Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls

This weekend is the 38th annual Maple Syrup Festival at Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls. On March 7 and 8, 2020, enjoy unlimited pancakes topped with delicious maple syrup (made at their sugar shack) and served with a side of sausage and a hot coffee (or milk from Hansen’s Dairy).

Chris Cakes will be flipping flapjacks and tossing them to you again this year from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Chris Cakes will also have TWO griddles and there will be more seating at the interpretive center. This year, there will also be a limited number of reserved tickets available for an evening of pancakes on Friday, March 6. Friday evening’s reserved tickets would be ideal for the elderly and those with physical limitations as there will be little or no waiting. Tickets are $10/adult and youth, ages 13 and older. Tickets for children ages 3-12 are $5/ticket. Call Hartman Reserve Nature Center at 319-277-2187 for reserved tickets on Friday. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are general admission.      

Parking will also be easy. Two shuttles will be available. Park and ride from River Hills School (2800 Grand Blvd) or from Cedar Heights Elementary School (2417 Rainbow Drive).

Maple Syrup Festival, March 2 & 3, 2019

Raffle Package by Crawdaddy Outdoors (2019 photo credit: Hartman Reserve)

As in past years, you can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a kayak package donated by CrawDaddy Outdoors, a bike package from Bike Tech, a Luxury Package from the Isle Casino in Waterloo, a Nature Lover's merchandise package or a fly fishing trip.

Also taking place on Saturday is Hartman Reserve’s Sticky Stride, a snowshoe event that is part of their annual Frosty Buns Race Series. Adult 5K and 10K races will begin at 8:00 am and the kids’ 2.5K race will start at 8:30 am. Registration is $25/runner ($30 after March 2). Meet at the Hartman Reserve trailhead at River Hills School (2800 Grand Blvd). It should be a great time, with or without snow in the timber, as it could become a trail run!  

#WeKnowHowToWeekend in Cedar Falls! Enjoying the trails and a festival celebrating maple syrup is a fun way to get outside.

If you’d like more ideas of Things to Do, Places to Eat & Drink or a Place to Stay, contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 800-845-1955 or stop by at 6510 Hudson Road.

We’d be happy to help!

This blog post last appeared February 26, 2019 and was updated February 25, 2020. 

Hartman Reserve Nature Center's Sugar Shack
Maple Syrup Festival, March 2 & 3, 2019

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