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. 13, 2019) — Find out where maple syrup comes from by attending a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County program starting March 2 with “Maple Sugaring” and “Farm to Table: Maple Syrup and Corn Cakes” at Kline Creek Farm at 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago.

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 2 – 31 
(Thursday – Monday)
1 – 4 p.m. Kline Creek Farm

Farm to Table: Maple Syrup and Corn Cakes
Learn where maple syrup comes from and how it’s made. Then, taste different syrups from the Great Lakes region, including some made in our forest preserves, paired with freshly made corn cakes cooked in cast iron over a fire. Find out about different syrup grades, what to look for when purchasing, and see sugaring in action. Ages 18 and up. $15 per person. Register online or at 630-876-5900.
March 2 12:30 – 2 p.m. Kline Creek Farm

Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day
Enjoy the outdoors as you discover the science behind the sweet secret of turning tree sap into syrup. This 75-minute guided hike along a quarter-mile woodland trail will take you from past to present in maple syrup production. Discover the facts of sap collection and weather patterns that help us know when it's the perfect time to begin this spring tradition. Learn how animals use sap, pioneer and modern-day collection techniques  and enjoy samples along the way. A knowledgeable maple syrup tour guide leads each tour and explains the science of trees, tree value, sugar content and more. Questions are encouraged along the way. Tours start every 20 minutes. For patch enthusiasts, they will be available for $1. All ages. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.
March 16  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, six 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, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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