Sugarbush refers to collecting sap from Maple trees and boiling it down into syrup or sugar. Anishinaabeg // Anishinaabe people have been sugaring for thousands of years. American Indian and Indigenous Studies uses a variety of methods and tools to gather maple sugar, including open fires, electric stoves, galvanized buckets, birch buckets, and beyond.

American Indian and Indigenous Studies partners with Fenner Nature Center on a yearly sugarbush alongside their Maple Syrup Festival.

a flyer with the details about the first annual sugar rush


a logo with an 'f' with the pattern of stones, the bottom of the logo reads "fenner"

Fenner Nature Center is an environmental education center encompassing 134 acres. Now run by the non-profit Fenner Conservancy, the property includes over four miles of trails, including two handicap-accessible paved trail loops. Inside the Visitor Center, check out their collection of live native reptiles and amphibians; watch songbirds, deer and wild turkeys through large picture windows; and explore hands-on children’s exhibits. 

Fenner Nature Center
2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910

Email | (517) 483-4224