SNC eyes new venues for its most pop­u­lar event

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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.

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