Maple Syrup Educational Seminars
In a maple syrup seminar Don tells the legend of how people first “discovered” maple syrup and how sap has been collected, stored, and boiled down to produce syrup throughout history. He teaches how to identify a maple tree with or without its leaves. He talks about what sap is, why sugar is in it, and what makes it flow inside a tree. He also mentions how old and thick a maple tree must be to tap it. Don provides pictures on a screen showing many of the products and processes about which he speaks. All participants are allowed to try tap, tap, tapping a tree with the spiles and small hammer provided.
For school programs it works well for Thornapple Woodlands to set up in an empty classroom or school library and bring in several classes, one at a time, throughout the day. Each class requires about 40-50 minutes. To close the program on a sweet and tasty note, maple syrup is served drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream—a highlight for many.