Sweet lessons in a tra­di­tional pas­sion

The Glengarry News - - Straight Talk -

One of the sweet­est ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties you’ll ever ex­pe­ri­ence is be­ing of­fered by South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion un­til April 3.

The con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity is for the 15th sea­son, hold­ing its Maple Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram at Sand Road Maple Farm in Moose Creek.

Pro­vid­ing a hands-on history of the pro­duc­tion of maple syrup.

Guided by SNC in­ter­preters, pre-booked school groups en­joy a leisurely hike through the sugar bush while learn­ing how maple syrup makes it from the tree to your break­fast ta­ble.

Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants learn all about the evo­lu­tion of the su­gar­ing process, from boiling sap in a hol­lowed-out log as the abo­rig­i­nals did, to the huge cast iron ket­tles of the early set­tlers, to to­day’s mod­ern evap­o­ra­tors that trans­form sap into sweet-tast­ing maple syrup.

And, if the weather co­op­er­ates, par­tic­i­pants will see maple syrup be­ing made.

“While there’s plenty of fun to be had dur­ing an SNC/Sand Road out­ing, the true em­pha­sis is on ed­u­ca­tion,” says pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Van De Ligt.

Stu­dents learn how to iden­tify var­i­ous tree species, wood­lot man­age­ment, and the role forests play within wa­ter­sheds.

“It’s all about con­nect­ing stu­dents to our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment with the un­der­stand­ing that peo­ple are part of the en­vi­ron­ment and not sep­a­rate from it,” says Van De Ligt.

“Lessons learned at Sand Road can last a life­time.” For more in­for­ma­tion, call her at 1-877-9842948, ext. 249, or visit www.na­tion.on.ca.

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