SNC eyes new venues for its most popular event
The South Nation Conservation Authority’s popular maple education program is being tweaked this year, with activities taking place at sugar bushes in the area.
Since 2000, SNC has organized the outings during syrup season, welcoming 1,000 students annually. In recent years, Sand Road Maple Farm was purchased by SNC employee Angela Coleman and her husband Scott.
Once Angela Coleman was named SNC’s General Manager, to avoid any actual or perceived conflicts of interest, a decision was made to “redevelop” SNC’s program and no longer hold it at the Moose Creek camp.
To take part in the 2018 maple season, SNC will be participating in Maple Weekend April 7 and 8 at various maple farms across the jurisdiction. Schools still interested in bringing the program to their classrooms, can loan a free maple educational kit from SNC.
Possibilities for the 2019 Maple Season and future programming includes evaluating site potential of SNC’s own maple woodlots for program delivery, and to reach out to other maple syrup busi- nesses in the region about partnerships. SNC owns more than 13,000 acres of forests in Eastern Ontario, many of which used to be tapped for maple syrup by local families who have since donated their woodlots to SNC. A recent donation, the Oschmann Forest, in Ormond, is being considered as a potential new home for the activities.
“This is our longest-running and most sought-after program, which supplements Ontario’s education curriculum and includes key teachable moments in areas of nat- ural heritage, forest management and ecosystem habitat,” explained John Mesman, SNC’s Communications and Outreach Team Lead. “Bringing students outdoors to experience nature and maple production first-hand is a highlight for us and an experience that is truly Canadian.”
No profit is generated; SNC will be looking for funders to help introduce a new program.
“We thank Sand Road Maple Farm for their hospitality and partnership over the last 17 years, and look forward to introducing a new maple education program next spring.” Contact John Mesman, 1877-984-2948, ext. 302, jmes[email protected]tion.on.ca for more information.