Tap into the Sap at North Park Village Nature Center's Maple Syrup Festival March 24-25

1/19/2012

tappingDiscover how sap is tapped from maple trees at the Maple Syrup Festival at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  No registration is required and the event is free for all ages.

During the two-day festival visitors can enjoy music and storytelling throughout the day, try tapping a tree, watch the sap boil and sample fresh maple syrup fresh off the fire.   There will be guided nature walks to the “sugar bush” where visitors will learn more about the tapping process and enjoy maple tree tapping folklore. 

Elementary school children from throughout the city who participate in North Park Village Nature Center programs start planning for the Maple Syrup Festival in mid-February. The school children help prepare for the 2-day event by tapping into Sugar Maple trees to release the flow of sap with hand drills, spiles and buckets. More than 1,000 children and families visit the Nature Center in February to learn about both the ancient and modern processes of syrup making. Approximately 50 trees in the nature preserve will be tapped to collect the watery sap.  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.

North Park Village Nature Center is the city of Chicago’s first nature center, and just one of the Chicago Park District’s 56 nature areas.  Visitors to these special places will discover a variety of opportunities to explore nature with its vast array of lagoons, wetlands, prairies, woodlands, river edges, bird sanctuaries, dunes and wildlife gardens.  The North Park Village Nature Center’s nature preserve is open seven days a week, year round.  Admission is free.   

 

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