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March is almost here! And, that means it is prime time to collect maple sap!
Before this sap makes an appearance as syrup on a fresh plate of hot pancakes, learn how sap makes it's transformation from tap to delicious breakfast treat at maple sugaring programs this March in Cleveland Metroparks, including:
Sweet, Sweet March
Saturday, March 9 � 1 - 2:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Nature Center � North Chagrin Reservation
Northeast Ohio is renowned for maple sugaring. Hike into a local beech-maple forest to locate some of the sugar maples and learn what creatures also have a natural sweet tooth. North Chagrin Nature Center is located off Buttermilk Falls Parkway, off the Sunset Lane entrance of North Chagrin Reservation, off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village. For more information, call 440-473-3370.
Inviting the Planet to Dinner: Maple Syrup
Thursday, March 14 � 7 - 9 p.m.
Rocky River Nature Center � Rocky River Reservation
Discover the secrets behind very local, very sweet and very organic maple syrup. Naturalist and Master Sugar Maker Bethany Majeski reveals how it was discovered and how it all works. Registration, beginning February 28, and a $10 fee are required. Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley Parkway, between Cedar Point Road and Shepard Lane in Rocky River Reservation in North Olmsted. For more information and to register, call 440-734-6660.
And, to get a first-hand experience seeing and learning about the processes of maple sugaring from the early days through modern techniques, enjoy the free Cleveland Metroparks �History of Maple Sugaring� on weekends from March 2 through March 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maple Grove Picnic Area in 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, pioneers and modern sugar farmers.
After the hike, head to the Sugarhouse, and watch sap being boiled into delicious, 100-percent, pure maple syrup. Guided public hikes start at the Sugarhouse every twenty minutes (the last hikes leaves at 3:40 p.m.).
The �History of Maple Sugaring� program can also accommodate schools and groups during weekdays by appointment only.
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 River Nature Center.
For more information and to schedule weekday group programs, call 440-734-6660.
Northeast Ohio is a major commercial producer of maple sugar due to its prime weather conditions. The tree's sap flow mechanisms depend on temperatures which alternate back and forth from 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, and the maple-sugaring season typically lasts four to six weeks.
Learn how and when maple trees are tapped to enjoy the sweet maple syrup taste at maple sugaring programs in Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally!