Grass River Natural Area (GRNA) will be hosting MapleFest on Saturday, March 16 th from 12pm to 3pm. This free community event will be filled with activities for all ages including demonstrations on the process to make maple syrup, samples of syrup made at GRNA, hikes to the sugarbush to tap trees and collect sap, and activities for kids. “Spring is a special at GRNA”, says Jenn Wright, GRNA Executive Director. “We spend winter anticipating these warmer days when the maple trees share their sugary sap for us to make syrup…true liquid sunshine! We’d love the community to join us to celebrate this special time of year!” This is a FREE event. For more information contact or call 231-533-8576. Grass River Natural Area is a 1,492-acre nature preserve surrounding the Grass River, located in the heart of Antrim County. Along with the beautiful views of Grass River, we also offer seven miles of well-maintained trails including 1.5 miles of boardwalk floating above sedge meadows and cedar wetlands. With all these natural features, Grass River Natural Area offers visitors an outdoor, living laboratory to explore and learn. The Grass River Center is open year-round, offering a comfortable learning environment for public programming, school field trips, camps, and more. Learn more about who they are and what they do at