Ever wonder how to make maple syrup?

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Five of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks are hosting events on making maple syrup – called maple sugaring.

photo courtesy of the Michigan Maple Syrup Association

You may not be aware of this, but according to the Michigan Maple Syrup Association, Michigan is now the fifth largest producer of maple syrup in the United States.  You will learn the maple surgaring process, including how trees are tapped and sap is collected – plus learn the history of maple sugaring, from the early American Indian time to present.

The two parks closest to us hosting events are:

“Maple Sugaring: Journey to the Sugar Bush,” Hudson Mills Metropark near Dexter, at 10 am, 11 am and noon, Saturdays and Sundays, February 25 and 26, and March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, by appointment. See how to tap trees, collect sap and boil it into maple syrup. Reservations are required for the guided tour which is $3 per person. An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, with real maple syrup, will be served at the Activity Center from 9 am to 2 pm on the days the tours are offered. Pancake breakfast is $3.50 per child/$5.50 per adult. Tap your own tree at the park and collect your own sap with the purchase of a maple syrup starter kit for $25. Weekday programs (Wednesday through Friday) are available by appointment to schools and organized groups. An interpreter can present “Maple’s Sweet History” to schools and organized groups by appointment. For more information/reservations, call Hudson Mills Metropark at 734-426-8211 or 800-477-3191.

“Maple’s Sweet Story,” Kensington Metropark Farm Center near Milford/Brighton, noon – 3 pm, Saturdays and Sundays in March. Stop in for a hot breakfast from 9 am to 2 pm at the Farmhouse Grille, and then head out on a guided tour to the sugar bush to see the maple sugaring process, including tapping trees and boiling down the sap. Guided tours begin at noon; the last guided tour leaves at 2:30 pm. After 4 pm, the sugar bush will remain open for self-guided visits. A re-enactment of an Algonquin winter camp is also located within the woods from noon – 4 pm. Registration is not required for the weekend programs but large groups should preregister. Fee: $3 for adults; $1 for seniors and children 3 to 12 years old; children under 3 are free. Weekday programs (Tuesday through Friday) during March are available by appointment to schools and organized groups. For additional information or to make an appointment, contact Kensington Metropark at 1-800-477-3178 or 248-685-1561.

*Event details courtesy of news@metroparks.com

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