Come share in a true farm-to-table experience. Every year the sugar maple trees at McCloud Nature Park produce sap with a high sugar content. We tap these trees by boring holes in their trunks and when daytime temperatures increase, sap runs into the attached buckets. Staff and volunteers collect the sap daily, which is then placed in an evaporator where it is reduced into the delicious maple syrup. It’s an amazing process that visitors can witness and participate in first-hand!
Our 9th Annual Maple Syrup Days will take place on March 2 and 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Here is a checklist of things you can do during either of these days:
- Learn the difference between sirup and syrup.
- Tap a tree yourself.
- Explore the “Sugar Bush” area.
- Find ways to identify trees in the winter.
- Learn how Native Americans first made maple sirup and how colonial Americans advanced the process.
- Visit the “Sugar Shack”, where our modern-day evaporator will be condensing hundreds of gallons of sugary sap into sweet, rich maple sirup.
- Sample some 100% pure McCloud Maple Syrup and purchase some to take home, with all proceeds benefitting the parks!
11th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
March 2 and 9, 2019
Slip into the Nature Center to warm up and enjoy our popular “all-the-pancakes-you-can-eat” fundraiser for breakfast or lunch. The pancakes feature our very own maple syrup made using sap from McCloud’s own maple trees!
For any freewill donation that you’re comfortable with (suggested donation: $10/adult; $6/child), your family can eat as many pancakes as it takes to fill your belly, and you can also partake in fruit salad, sausage, orange juice and coffee.
This fundraiser is brought to you by The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County, which funds improvements to Hendricks County Parks.
We Highly Recommend Reserving Your Seat!
Our Nature Center has limited seating and it fills up quickly, so we highly recommend reserving your family’s spot at the table. We will add a link to the reservation page here once it’s open.
Seating Times: Saturday, March 2 and March 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (every 45 minutes)