FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 - or -
DAN CRANDALL - 216-635-3274
There's still a few more days left to discover the
maple sugaring process in Cleveland Metroparks.
Cleveland Metroparks invites everyone to experience
the maple sugaring process through the �History of Maple Sugaring�
special program that continues on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and
11 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky
�Maple sugaring can only occur in a few places and Greater
Cleveland is an excellent place to discover the maple sugaring
process,� states Wendy Weirich, manager of Rocky
RiverNatureCenter. Weirich continued, �Greater Cleveland, New
England and Canada are great locations for maple sugaring, because
they all have the perfect combination of trees and weather!�
Northeast Ohio is a major commercial producer of maple sugar due
to its prime weather conditions. In late February and early
March, Ohio's maple trees are typically ready to be tapped for
maple sap, including the maple trees in a grove in Cleveland
Metroparks Rocky River Reservation.
Visitors can walk through time along the Sugarbush Trail to see
the sap-collecting methods and syrup-making processes used by
Native Americans and pioneers through to modern sugar farmer
methods. The free �History of Maple Sugaring� hikes along the
Sugarbush Trail lead to the Sugarhouse, where guests can watch sap
being boiled into delicious, 100-percent pure maple syrup.
The guided public hikes start at the Sugarhouse every twenty
minutes (the last hikes leaves at 3:40 p.m.).
The tree's sap flow depends on temperatures which alternate back
and forth past the freezing point (32� F). The best sap flows
come when nighttime temperatures are in the low 20's and daytime
temperatures are in the 40's. The longer it stays below
freezing at night, the longer the sap will run during the warm day
to follow. Most commercial sugaring operations collect sap through
interconnected plastic tubing attached to the maple trees, with the
maple-sugaring season typically lasting four to six
Maple Grove Picnic Area is located off Valley Parkway in Rocky
River Reservation, between Cedar Point Road and Spafford Road in
Brook Park, south of Rocky RiverNatureCenter.
For more information, call 440-734-6660.
Experience the last weekend of the �History of Maple Sugaring�
in Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life,