Experience the whole process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the sugar house near Krippendorf Lodge and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike.
Join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike on Saturdays at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm or 2 pm and Sundays at 1 pm, 2 pm or 3 pm. Hikes start at the sugar house. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.
Delve into the science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. This program includes a guided hike in the sugarbush, a look into the Native American origins of sugaring and a visit to the Sugar House. Homeschool students will tap a tree with a hand drill, help with sugaring work and sample warm maple syrup right off the evaporator. This program takes place outdoors, regardless of the weather. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Upon arrival, students ages 10 and up will have the option of joining a group specifically geared towards older students. Preregistration required. Members $6 per child; nonmembers $10 per child (includes daily admission).
Saturday, March 4, 9 am -- SOLD OUT
While the evaporator is still cold, families are invited to drop in for an up close look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. Participants will be able to look inside the sap storage tanks, try on the fire gloves, help set up the Native American rock boiling demonstration, stand on a stool to look inside the evaporator and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator for the day. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. Preregistration required. Free; nonmembers pay daily admission.
Saturday, March 4, 1-4 pm -- SOLD OUT
We’ll start by transforming fresh maple syrup into maple sugar. From there, this participatory class will create two maple treats: maple toffee with dark chocolate and nuts and salted maple caramel. Bring your apron and come prepared to stir. Participants will take home some of our delicacies. Meet in the kitchen of Krippendorf Lodge. Instructor: Public Programs Manager and head sugarmaker, Jason Neumann. Appropriate for adults or youth age 10 and up, with a parent. Preregistration required. Members $15; nonmembers $19 (includes daily admission).