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.
Email is the best way we communicate with our volunteers. If you would like to join our email list, please fill out the online volunteer form.
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.
We publish a daily update on the maple syrup web site with announcements for volunteer help throughout the maple syruping season.
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).
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!