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Cumming Nature Center Brings Back Maple Sugaring Weekends

    ROCHESTER, NY, March 2, 2021 — Maple Sugaring at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Cumming Nature Center (CNC) is returning for a 43rd season.

    During Maple Sugaring, visitors will explore the science and history 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, March 20-21 and March 27-28. Tickets are $9 for children and $11 for adults. RMSC members receive a reduced admission rate of $8 for children and $10 for adults. Pancakes will be served from 9-1 p.m., and trail demonstrations will take place from 10-2 p.m. In-person dining capacity is limited, so tickets must be purchased in advance.

    “We are so excited to be hosting Maple Sugaring this year. Making maple syrup is a longstanding tradition for many families across the region and we always look forward to 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 Native Americans and early pioneers, as well as modern sugar bush managers. Visitors must follow social distancing measures and wear masks while indoors and in instances when social distancing from those outside of your household is not possible.

    In addition to in-person dining options, CNC is offering a fun at-home alternative: Maple Sugaring To-Go buckets. Each bucket comes with pancake mix, maple treats, and materials for tapping maple trees in your own backyard. 

    Maple Sugaring To-Go buckets include:

    • 1 quart of Maple Syrup
    • 6-piece Maple-flavored candy & 4 Maple lollipops
    • Buttermilk pancake mix 
    • 1 Tree Tap
    • 1 Sap Tube
    • 1 Food Grade bucket with a lid
    • Instructions for tapping your own trees and making syrup
    • Paper placemats with activities for kids

    Maple Sugaring To-Go buckets will be available for pick-up in the nature center lobby between Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 28 during regular open hours. Purchase of a bucket includes free admission to the Maple Trail on Maple Sugaring Days. Orders must be made in advance on the CNC webpage

    On Saturday, March 27, ASL interpretation will be available for the Maple Education Trail on select hikes at 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. Capacity is limited so please email Sarah Jacoby Murphy at to register for the hike.

    Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operation costs. If you would like to become a sponsor or volunteer for Maple Sugaring at CNC, please call 585.374.6160 for details.  

    “We really couldn’t do this event without the support of our sponsors and 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