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
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
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.
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.