Tap into Sweet Traditions at Two DuPage Forest Preserves
(Feb. 16, 2017) —Find out where maple syrup comes from by attending one of three Forest Preserve District of DuPage County programs, starting with “Maple Syrup! Kids’ Day Off” on Friday, March 3 at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center at 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook.
“These programs are a wonderful opportunity to discover the behind-the-scenes process of making maple syrup,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.
“Maple syrup season is a sure sign that spring is right around the corner,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Jeff Redick, District 2.
Maple Syrup! Kids’ Day Off
Enjoy a sugaring adventure through the woods to discover how Native Americans and pioneers made maple syrup. Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and boil sap into syrup. Two programs — one for ages 6 ‒ 8 and one for ages 9 ‒ 13. Cost is $60 per person. Register online or by calling 630-850-8110.
Discover how sap becomes syrup! See how to tap trees with tools from the 1890s, help check the collection buckets, watch sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup. These one-hour tours start at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Ages 6 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-876-5900.
Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day
Discover the sweet secret of turning tree sap into syrup and enjoy samples along the way on a 75-minute guided tour. Tours start every 20 minutes. All ages. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.
To make syrup, sap is collected from trees and then boiled until the remaining liquid has the right sugar content. Depending on the initial sugar content of the sap, 40 to 50 gallons of sap are needed to make one gallon of syrup. Maple syrup is only produced in certain parts of the U.S. and Canada and only at this time of year due to specific weather requirements. At one time maple syrup was one of the few sweeteners available in much of North America.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.
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