From the Haudenosaunee to the American pioneers, and on to modern day methods, the time-honored tradition of making maple syrup blends both history and ecology.
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.)
**Capacity may be limited in compliance with public health guidelines in effect on the day of your visit.