43rd Annual Maple Festival

The Institute explores the science, history and importance of maple sugar during Maple Festival on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from noon to 4pm.  One of the Institute’s most popular annual events, Maple Festival immerses the visitor in all things related to the maple sugaring process, what Native Americans called sinzibukwud. In addition to maple-themed snacks, guests are invited to learn about the science of maple syrup production, listen to the story of sugaring in Colonial North America, and taste the pure sweetness of homemade maple candy.  Craft stations and hands-on table top activities, timed planetarium shows, and self-guided walks to the Sugarin’ Hut will be available.  The Science Shop will feature Michigan made maple products to celebrate the day.

General Admission
Adults - $18
Children - $15 

Member Admission
Adults - $15
Children - $12

Note: Children applies to those ages 3-12. Ages 2 and younger are free.

Tickets to Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from The Pharaoh’s Tomb are HALF OFF during Maple Festival;   $5 for adults who are non-members and $4.50 for members. Children 3-12 and seniors are $4 each. Children 2 and under are free. Purchase tickets the day of the event. 

Daylight Saving Time begins March 12. Don’t forget to SPRING AHEAD for this event!

To register call 248 645.3245, purchase tickets at the Visitor’s Service Desk or register below.

Please note that no physical tickets will provide and no refunds will be issued after purchase.

Spring Into Science

April 3 - 7, 2017
11am - 3pm

Spend Spring Break engaged in an exciting week of activities that will help you learn how to live a greener Life. Subjects include water conservation, the benefits of recycling, and make and take recycled art projects.  Heavner Nature Connection/Heavner Canoe Rental will present a "Voyage in Time" as explorers in the 1760's in the back country of the Great Lakes. You will also enjoy an imaginary canoe trip with your family and friends. Visit with Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash to learn about the impact of energy production on water resources and how alternative energy can protect our lakes, rivers, and streams for future generations. Craig Covey, Board Member, Pure Oakland Water and Former Mayor, City of Ferndale will present “’Home Grown’ -  Ten Ways you can ‘Green’ your Yard and Garden.” Also on tap for the week is Great Lakes Water Authority with tips on water conservation, The Oakland County Dirt Doctors who will teach visitors about the connection between vegetation, runoff and soil erosion in a fun-filled way. Also making a special appearance will be the Great Lakes Fishery Commission with a tank of live vampires of the Great Lakes. Spring Into Science events are free with admission from 11am to 3pm April 3-7.