Itís maple syrup season for UM-Dearbornís Natural Areas, and the Environmental Interpretive Center is hosting several related activities in the campusís sugar bush

February 11, 2010

In the file photo above, students collect sap from the campus's maple trees during last year's maple syrup season.

DEARBORN / Feb. 11, 2010---Itís maple syrup season for the University of Michigan-Dearbornís Natural Areas, and the Environmental Interpretive Center is hosting several related activities in the campusís sugar bush.  

The Center will offer a free ďTree Tappiní TimeĒ event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.  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.  

Then on Saturday, March 6, the Center will host a ďMakiní Maple SyrupĒ public tour from 12:30 p.m. to 2 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. 27 and March 27.  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 7 years old for this activity. To register, contact Rick Simek at 313-583-6371.



About University of Michigan-Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, masterís, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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