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!
11th Annual Maple Syrup Days
March 6 and 13, 2021
Here is a checklist of things you can do during either of these days:
- Tap a tree yourself.
- Explore the “Sugar Bush” area.
- Find ways to identify trees in the winter.
- Learn how Native Americans first made maple syrup 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 syrup.
- Purchase some 100% pure McCloud Maple Syrup to take home, with all proceeds benefiting the parks!
Maple Syrup Days are FREE to attend, appropriate for all ages, and no advance registration is required.
Be sure to dress for the weather, as Maple Syrup Days are held entirely outdoors!