For years I have wanted to visit the local Nature Center during Maple Syrup Time and today was the day.
I distinctly remember "sponsoring a tree" here about 10 years ago through a mail-in donation. The city posts your name on a tree (see maple leaf name tag at left) and then sends you a bottle of maple syrup and the tree tap at the end of the season. A very sweet program, in both senses of the word.
Today we had a refresher course on photosynthesis, watched a short film on the process of maple sugaring and then headed into the woods. It was about 45 degrees today when we went on our tour, with bright sun and blue sky. The sap was running!
Our guide pulled a bucket off a tree and we tasted the sap; we went in the sugar house and saw the equipment and then ended our hike with a mini-waffle soaked in maple syrup. Happy Spring!