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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.)

**Capacity may be limited in compliance with public health guidelines in effect on the day of your visit.

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



NYS Standards:

NGSS & NYSP-12SLS Standards

  • 2-LS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.

  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

  • 5-PS3-1 Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the Sun.

NYS K-12 Social Studies Framework Standards

  • 4.2a Geographic factors often influenced locations of early settlements. People made use of the resources and the lands around them to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter.

Where is it?

Cumming Nature Center

When is it?

Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Start Date: 03/16/2021
End Date: 04/03/2021
Program Length: Full Day
Earliest Start Time: 8am

Who Should Attend?

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Minimum Attendence: 12
Maximum Attendence: 60

How Much Does It Cost?

Cost: Guided Group Programs: $7 per person; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free.

How To Book?

Call: 585.697.1942
Reservation Lead Time: 2 Wks

Need More Information?

Name: Member & Visitor Services
Phone: 585.697.1942

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