The Environmental Interpretive Center holds tree-tapping event on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m.

February 16, 2011

UM-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center begins the decades-old maple syruping tradition in the Natural Areas this weekend with a community tree-tapping event on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Participants will learn how to identify Sugar Maple trees by their bark, branches and buds, and then tap the trees.  Children should be at least seven years old to tap trees. Attendees should dress for the weather and potentially muddy and slippery conditions.  
Saturday, March 5, the Center will host a “Maple Sugaring Stroll” public tour from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Those that register for the tour by calling 313-583-6371 will enjoy an outdoor stroll with a naturalist to explore the process of making maple syrup.
Once the sap begins to run from the trees, individuals and organized groups will be needed to collect sap every day during the three or so weeks it flows, usually between Feb. 23 and March 20.  Participants meet at 4 p.m. at the EIC and are in the field collecting sap for about two hours.  Group size is limited to 25 people, including adults.  Participants must be at least 6 years old for this activity. Everyone who assists in sap collection will be invited to join us for a pancake breakfast, featuring UM-D maple syrup, which will be held about a week after the syruping season ends. To register, contact Rick Simek at 313-583-6371.

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Beth Marmarelli