Learn how to make maple syrup

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tap into a sweet springtime tradition by taking part in a maple syrup program at Myre-Big Island State Park from 1 to 4 p.m. March 24.

Scott Hanna will speak about the history of maple syrup and sugar making, as well as the equipment and procedures used. Participants will see how trees are tapped, will gather and boil sap and have a chance to taste pure maple syrup.

Sap may flow as early as January or as late as May. The typical time for a good sap run in Minnesota is from about March 15 to April 20. It usually takes 30 to 40 gallons of sap to get one gallon of pure maple syrup.

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The program is free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park.

For more information, call Myre-Big Island State Park at 379-3403.