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Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring

Learn how maple syrup, first made in this area by the Haudenosaunee, is produced. Discover how trees grow, and the role of photosynthesis.

Every spring for the last 39 years, the RMSC's Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY, explores this timeless craft. Our Maple Syrup program bridges cultures and people by exploring the different techniques involved in the production of this delicious staple.  

Students will participate in an experience differentiated by grade level featuring hands-on activities that investigate the modern procedures for maple syrup production like tapping trees, collecting sap and evaporating the sap for syrup.

Your Cumming Nature Center Visit will include:

  • Trailside experience exploring the ins and outs of maple syrup production
  • Investigation of both Native American and Pioneer "sugaring" technology
  • Demonstrations of modern day syrup making in our sugarhouse
  • Pure Maple Syrup on ice cream served after lunch
  • Theater Presentation of the movie "Cornell Maple Producers: Maple Production for the beginner" (Optional / Approx. 30 min.)

Subjects: Earth Systems, Social Studies, Life Science
Program Type: Guided Cumming Nature Center Experience
Supporting Curriculum Materials:



NYS Standards:
  • LS1.C Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms 

Where is it?

Cumming Nature Center

When is it?

Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Start Date: 03/16/2020
End Date: 04/03/2020
Program Length: Full Day
Earliest Start Time: 8am

Who Should Attend?

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
Minimum Attendence: 12
Maximum Attendence: 60

How Much Does It Cost?

Cost: Group Admission: $3 per person; PLUS $4 additional per person program charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free PLUS: $4.00 Additional per person charge

How To Book?

Call: 585.697.1942
Reservation Timeframe: 2 Wks

Need More Information?

Name: Member & Visitor Services
Phone: 585.697.1942

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