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March 10, 2020

Cumming Nature Center Hosts Maple Sugaring Weekends

ROCHESTER, NY, March 10, 2020 — Maple Sugaring at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Cumming Nature Center (CNC) is returning for the 42nd season.

During Maple Sugaring, visitors will explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteers along the Maple Trail after helping themselves to a locally-sourced pancake breakfast.** 

Maple Sugaring takes place the last two weekends of March and the first Saturday of April: March 21-22; March 28-29; and April 4. Tickets for the general public are $9 for children and $11 for adults, and tickets for RMSC members are $8 for children and $10 for adults. Pancakes will be served from 9-1 p.m., and demonstrations will take place from 10-2 p.m.

“Making maple syrup is a longstanding tradition for many families across the region. We have so much fun sharing the science and history behind producing this springtime treat,” said Nathan Hayes, Director of the CNC.

Visitors will discover how a maple tree makes sap and learn more about different sugar processing techniques demonstrated through tactics used by the Native Americans and early pioneers, as well as modern sugar bush managers. There will also be a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse. 

In addition to the maple-themed festivities, the CNC has a featured exhibit on display, Life in the Water of the Finger Lakes, which explores the life and mysteries that lie beneath the surface of the Finger Lakes; from the fish, to the invertebrates, and the numerous plants that can be found there.

There will also be two special events taking place during the Maple Sugaring festivities: 

  • On March 28, is a “Sketch with the Artists” event, where visitors can meet artists from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators who are featured in the Life in the Water of the Finger Lakes exhibit. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at nature illustration. 
  • On April 4, proceeds from the event will benefit The Walden Project NY, a unique alternative high school program and partner organization housed on Nature Center property.

Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operation costs. This event is made possible by the dedication of volunteers at the Nature Center. Those interested in volunteering can call: 585.374.6160. 

“We really couldn’t do this event without the support of our volunteer network. We’re so grateful for their commitment to this fundraising event,” said Hayes.

**Gluten-free pancakes and vegetarian options will be available. Please call in advance to ensure we have enough supply for everyone: 585.374.6160


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