Learn how to tap a maple tree and taste pure, local syrup at the Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Maple Sugaring Days, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, at Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.
Forest preserve naturalists will show how to tap a maple tree, and you’ll have the opportunity to try drilling and setting a tap.
You will simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens to syrup.
Join a hike to learn how to distinguish maples from other species of hardwood trees. Don’t forget to drop in to the Maple Café to taste pure, local syrup.
The Forest Preserve will serve ice cream that you can drizzle with maple syrup, plus hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase.
Creek Bend Nature Center will be open, where visitors can enjoy the interactive exhibits and make a craft to take home.
No registration is required for this family-friendly program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.
For more information on Maple Sugaring Days, call 630-444-3190, visit www.kaneforest.com, or find the Forest Preserve District on social media by searching @forestpreserve.
SOURCE: Forest Preserve District of Kane County news release