The annual Hartman Reserve Maple Syrup Festival has been set.

The Friends of Hartman Reserve will host their 32nd Annual Maple Syrup Festival fundraiser, Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day. This year the event will be held at Cedar Heights Elementary School, 2417 Rainbow Drive in Cedar Falls, due to construction at Hartman Reserve. Maple Syrup Fest celebrates the sugar maple trees that are part of Hartman's 340 acres of woodland. The fundraiser benefits environmental education and natural resource management at Hartman Reserve.

The Festival features an all-you-can-eat pancake meal with syrup made from the sap of Hartman's sugar maple trees. Chris Cakes will be showing off his flapjack flipping talents again at the griddle, tossing pancakes in the air for diners to catch. The meal includes sausage, Starbucks coffee, and Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy butter, milk, and cream.


  • Adults (13 years old and older) - $9.00
  • 3 - 12 years old - $5
  • 2 and under - Free

Save $1.00 per ticket through March 3. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 319-277-2187 or visiting Hartman's temporary headquarters at the Black Hawk County Conservation Board, 1346 W. Airline Highway in Waterloo. Tickets may be used either day of the Festival at any time between 7 AM and 1 PM.

Educational exhibits will be on display in the halls of the school, and nature-themed art activities will be provided by the Hearst Center for the Arts. Major sponsors for this event include the Cedar Valley Podiatry Foot & Ankle Center and Dr. Greg and Susan Lantz. Pure maple syrup will be available for purchase. Raffle prizes include a kayak package donated by CrawDaddy Outdoors, a bike package from Bike Tech, a hotel package from Blackhawk Hotel, and an hourly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses and organizations.

Volunteers are needed and appreciated for this annual event. Please contact the Hartman Volunteer Coordinator at or call 319-277-2187 if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

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