Sweet lessons in a traditional passion
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.