Tap Into Sweet Tradition at Two DuPage Forest Preserves

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Tap Into Sweet Tradition at Two DuPage Forest Preserves

Discover How Maple Sap Becomes Syrup at Popular Programs

(Feb. 12, 2018) — Find out where maple syrup comes from by attending a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County program, starting with “Maple Sugaring” on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, at Kline Creek Farm at 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago.

“Explore the fascinating behind-the-scenes process of making maple syrup with these fun programs,” 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 Al Murphy, District 6.

Maple Sugaring
Discover how sap becomes syrup as you try tapping with tools from the 1890s, check the collection buckets, watch sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.
March 3 and 4      10 a.m. – 4 p.m.       Kline Creek Farm

Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day
Discover the sweet secret of turning tree sap into syrup and enjoy samples along this 75-minute guided tour. Tours begin every 20 minutes. All ages. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.
March 17                 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.       Fullersburg Woods 

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 approximately 40-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

● 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 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 and Instagram pages.


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