Marvel at Maple Syruping Traditions at Two DuPage Forest Preserves

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Marvel at Maple Syruping Traditions at Two DuPage Forest Preserves

Discover how maple sap becomes syrup at two popular programs

(Feb. 18, 2021) — Explore how tree sap is transformed into sweet maple syrup by attending DuPage Forest Preserve District’s March programs: “Maple Sugaring” at Kline Creek Farm or “DIY Maple Sugaring: The Basics” at Fullersburg Woods.

Group size is limited to 10 in each session and will follow current health guidelines regarding COVID-19. Participants must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth and practice social distancing.

Maple Sugaring
Discover how sap becomes syrup as you examine a maple tree, check the collection buckets, see a tapping demonstration, and observe sap thickening over a fire. These 20-minute tours are a great way to spend time with your family in nature and begin at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. You must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. All ages. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-876-5900.
March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28
1 – 3:50 p.m.
Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago

DIY Maple Sugaring: The Basics
Learn how to tap maple trees at home and make your own syrup with just a little know-how and a few tools. You must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Ages 18 and up. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-933-7248.
Saturday, March 13
9 – 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook

Some fun facts about maple syrup:
● Maple syrup is made by boiling sap to remove excess water until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Maple sugar is made by continuing to boil the syrup until all of the water has evaporated, leaving a dry sugar.

● It takes 40 gallons of sugar maple sap to make one gallon of syrup. Other species of maple trees require even more.

● Maple syrup is one of the lowest calorie natural sweeteners at 54 calories per tablespoon. And it has a number of nutritional advantages, providing important minerals like manganese, riboflavin and zinc. It’s also packed with antioxidants, which are linked to cancer prevention, increased immunity and lower blood pressure.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 6.2 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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