Maple Syrup Days

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 delicious maple syrup. It’s an amazing process!


11th Annual Maple Syrup Days

March 6 and 13, 2021

Our 11th Annual Maple Syrup Days will take place on March 6 and 13, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The Nature Center will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is where you should start your exploration. Naturalists will be on hand with maps and other information. Masks are required by everyone inside the building.
 
Guided tours begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the McCloud Nature Center, and naturalists will lead you around the park and teach you all about maple syrup!
 
You’ll see sap buckets on the trees, learn tree ID to spot maple trees, enjoy a campfire and Native American legends, and experience the steam from the evaporator in the Sugar Shack!
 
Tours will take 60-90 minutes and will traverse 0.5 mile on gravel and natural surfaces. Dress for the weather and for mud. Tours are entirely outdoors. Masks are required whenever safe distancing cannot be maintained. Group sizes may be limited.
 
On-going self-guided activities include:
  • Scavenger hunt – pick these up at the Nature Center
  • Storywalk – start at the Nature Center and read a maple syrup story while walking a trail.
  • Self-guided hike – start at the Nature Center and follow the information signs along the trail, 0.5 mile on gravel and natural surfaces.
  • Check out the Sugar Shack – watch steam from the evaporator and read information signs to learn about the evaporator.
  • Check out the wigwam – kids enjoy this style of Native American home.

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!