Trustees of Reservations, a fine organization that preserves historic homes and farms, and hosts lots of fun times for all of us, hosts maple and springtime fun at three revered Massachusetts places. Take the family and breathe in the fresh air of early spring here:
Maple Tree Tap-A-Thon at Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough, MA. March 9
Learn to identify maple trees on the farm and share the history of tapping and how maple sap runs. 999 Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA. 1-3 p.m. $15; children under age 7, free. Map.
Maple Days at William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington, MA. March 9, 10, 16, 17.
Take a walk back through time and celebrate a tradition of rustic New England life. Eat a pancake in the Bryant Homestead; walk the new hiking trail through the sugar bush; see a 19th-century-style boiling demonstration; play historic games in the house; learn about the science of sugaring. 216 Byrant Road, Cummington. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults, $15; kids, $10. Map.
Spring Equinox Family Fun at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA. March 16
Learn about spring and seed growth; plan seeds in decorated flower pots to take home; explore the Castle Hill gardens and look for signs of spring before wrapping up with a snack. Pre-registration is required. 310 Argilla Road, Ipswich. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids, $20; accompanying adult, free. Map.