Maple Syrup Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the syruping process at Saint John's. We need help with everything from tapping trees and sap collection, to cooking syrup and working at our festivals. Below are a few things to know about being a maple syruping volunteer.

Directions to Sugar Shack

Outdoor U Blog

  • Updates about maple syrup season, ski trails, deer hunt, volunteering and more. We plan to gradually add more content to the blog so tell us what you want to hear.
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  • Check it out and let us know if you have questions.

Volunter List

If you would like to join our email list, please sign up for the Outdoor U blog updates - for just the maple syrup category, or for as many other categories you want (or just bite the bullet and sign up for the whole blog).

Crew Leaders

Want an opportunity to be more involved? Maple Syrup Crew Leaders are people who commit to helping us lead sap collection and other volunteer efforts throughout the season.

Daily Update

We publish a "daily" update on the Outdoor U blog with announcements for volunteer help throughout the maple syruping season.

Volunteer Hours

It is important to us to know how many hours volunteers are putting in during the syruping season. Please be sure to record your name and hours in the Volunteer Book in the sugar shack. Alternatively, you can complete the online volunteer reporting form (but please don't record the same hours in both places; we'll combine them at the end of the season).

Sugar Shack

We recommend walking out to the sugar shack. The road is plowed, but often muddy and rough, and many vehicles have gotten stuck in the past. There is a portable bathroom at the sugar shack throughout the season.


The weather can vary greatly during the syruping season. You'll want to dress for those varying conditions: boots, jacket, hat, gloves, etc. We recommend wearing wool and dressing in layers!

We thank you for your interest and help to make our syruping season a success!