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. 19, 2020) — 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 “Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day” at Fullersburg Woods.


Maple Sugaring

See how sap becomes syrup as you tap 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 (although there’s a suggestion admission donation of $5 per person ages 3 and up to enter the farm). No registration. Questions? Call Kline Creek Farm at 630-876-5900.

Saturdays & Sundays March 1 – 29 1 – 4 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 tour along a quarter-mile woodland trail will take you past to present in maple syrup production and enjoy samples along the way. Discover sap collection techniques and weather patterns that help us know when it’s the perfect time to begin this spring tradition. Tours depart every 20 minutes until 2 p.m. All ages. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

March 21 10 a.m. – 3:15 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 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 4 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 dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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