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IN PERSON Maple Sugaring Open House

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  • Mar. 07, 2021, 12:30-1:15pm or 2-2:45pm
  • SCHIFF NATURAL LANDS TRUST
  • 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham
  • All Ages
  • $15 family of 4; $4 per person; free for members

Visit Schiff to experience this hands-on demonstration of maple sugar production with members of their educational staff and Board. The tradition of maple sugaring began centuries ago with the Native Americans and early settlers and continues today as homeowners learn to identify, tap, and process the sap of Maple trees. This 45 minute presentation followed by an optional 45 minute hike to the maple grove. The educational presentation will explain the history of maple sugaring, the seasonal life cycle of the sugar maple tree, and how 100% real maple syrup is made from finding and tapping the tree. Following the educational program, enthusiasts can view the wood-fired evaporator at work and then move on to sampling the final product. Of course, the best part is tasting fresh syrup and tasty treats made from their own Schiff maple syrup. An optional two mile field walk to the working maple grove will be offered to see the tapping and collection operation. Please arrive at the Nature Center 15 minutes before the start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow. This program is an all weather event with the exception of icy conditions or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Capacity is temporarily limited to 25. Social distancing and face coverings are required. Seating is first come, first served.

About SCHIFF NATURAL LANDS TRUST

339 Pleasant Valley Road

Mendham, NJ

973-543-6004