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Maple Syrup Open House

River Bend Nature Center
Event organized by River Bend Nature Center

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Open to all ages. Cost: Free

Saturday, March 17th, 2016, 1:00-3:00pm

Have you ever tapped a sugar maple tree in spring and seen the clear, slightly sweet sap dripping out? Have you ever seen a sap evaporating station in action? Do you know who first discovered that tree sap could be turned into delicious maple syrup? Come out to River Bend for our annual Maple Syrup Open House and see the entire maple syruping process from start to finish! Our naturalists and maple syrup volunteers will teach you how to identify a sugar maple when it has no leaves, show you how to use a bit to drill a hole in the tree, and how to insert the spile just right for max sap drippage. Observe our evaporation station where we boil the sap down into maple syrup, learn the history of maple syrup, and -- of course! -- try the finished golden maple syrup.