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Journey To The Sugarbush

HUDSON MILLS METROPARK ACTIVITY CENTERMap Me
March 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 &17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31

Take a journey to the Sugar Bush and experience how maple syrup has been made over the years. Tap a tree, and then see the sap being boiled into syrup. There is no better way to finish out the cold days of winter and get ready for spring. After the program, stay and enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast for an additional charge. All ages. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon

Cost: $3 child, $5 adult; Breakfast is $6 per adult, and $4 per child.

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Maple Sugaring for Homeschoolers

INDIAN SPRING METROPARK ENVIRONMENTAL DISCOVERY CENTERMap Me
March 5

It’s the authentic tree-to-table, “1950’s backyard-style” maple sugaring experience! This tour takes place during the week, specifically for families who home school. Learn about the maple resources in our area and the history of their use. Then take a guided walk through our Maple-Beech forest, a.k.a. the “Sugar Bush”, to learn how to identify a maple tree in the winter, see one tapped, taste the sap if it’s flowing, and watch the liquid as it boils down. Complete your tour with a sample of real maple syrup around the fireplace when you return to the building. Don’t leave without buying a bottle of Michigan maple syrup. Dress for the weather. All ages. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $5

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Homeschool: Maple

KENSINGTON METROPARK FARM CENTERMap Me
March 15 & 22

Hey homeschool families! We invite you to discover how unique maple sugaring is to the region and why. This program includes tapping a maple tree, watching the process of turning sap into syrup, and a tour of the Native American sugaring camp. Students achieve a higher leveling of understanding and respect toward the environment and the contributions of Native American Peoples. Tours begin every hour, last approximately one hour, and are entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather.

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $3 child, $5 adult

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Maple Sugaring: Sweet Science

INDIAN SPRINGS METROPARK ENVIRONMENTAL DISCOVERY CENTERMap Me
March 9 & 16

Come experience everyone’s favorite sticky sweet treat from the trees in a way like no place else. Maple sugaring is everywhere in Michigan in March. But at the Environmental Discovery Center we explore the science and technology of this breakfast staple with fun hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Witness a demonstration of how the water moves from the “ground floor” to the top of a mature maple. Explore the science behind sugar solutions like syrup, watch a viscosity race, test your sweet tooth on different kinds of sugar, and find out what the water cycle and surface tension have to do with your pancakes.

Once you’ve enjoyed the experiments, take a journey out to the woods to see the tapped maples and the sugar making in progress. Be sure to purchase some Michigan maple syrup before you go! Dress for the weather. Trails may be muddy or icy, boots are recommended. All ages. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $5

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Maple’s Sweet Story

KENSINGTON METROPARK FARM CENTERMap Me

  • February 23
  • March 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 23 – 24 & 30 – 31

Take a guided walk through the farm’s sugar bush. Learn how to pick the right tree, then watch how maple trees are tapped and sap is collected. Stop by the French and Native camp to hear and see how these techniques have changed through the years. Then visit the sugar shack to see and smell the sap being boiled down into maple sugar. You will even get to taste a sample of maple syrup at the end of the tour. Real maple sugar products and pancakes will be available for purchase. Tours begin every ½ hour, last approximately one hour and are entirely outdoors. Dress for the weather.

Time: 11 a.m. –  2:30 p.m.

Cost: $3 child, $5 adult

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Maple Sugaring through the Ages

OAKWOODS METROPARK NATURE CENTERMap Me
March 2, 9, 16, & 23

Come see the methods used to collect maple sap and learn how the maple tree helped sustain early Americans. Hear the Native American legend of how our First Nations discovered maple sugaring, how early Europeans collected sap to make syrup, and see a more modern method for developing the sweet stuff. We will tap a tree to finish off this fun, family program. Please preregister, (734) 782-3956.

Time: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Cost: $4 child, $6 adult

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Maple Sugar Tours

STONY CREEK METROPARK NATURE CENTERMap Me
March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

March is sugaring month! Learn the history of sugaring and how to identify maple trees. We will hike into the spring woods to tap a maple. Afterwards, return to the campfire and learn the process of boiling the sap into rich maple syrup and enjoy a treat! All ages. Please preregister, (586) 781-9113.

Time: Call for times

Cost: $5

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Maple Sweetness

WOLCOTT MILL METROPARK HISTORIC CENTERMap Me
March 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 &17

It’s maple syrup season! Join us for Maple Sweetness where you will learn how to identify and tap a maple tree and discover how sap becomes maple syrup. There will be syrup taste-testing and a sweet treat after the program. Maple items and kits will be available for purchase.

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $3 child, $5 adult

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Maple Syrup Festival

WOLCOTT MILL METROPARK HISTORIC CENTER – Map Me
March 23 & 24

It’s the final weekend of our maple syrup season! Join us for the Maple Syrup Festival, where participants will learn how to identify and tap a maple tree and discover how maple sap becomes maple syrup. There will be syrup taste-testing and a sweet treat after the program. Warm up around the bonfire and visit the blacksmith shop to see the blacksmith afting various items over the coal forge. Maple items and kits will be available for purchase.

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $3 child, $5 adult

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