Maple Sugaring Programs at Parker Dam State Park

PENFIELD -    March is Maple Sugaring Season at Parker Dam Sate Park, and you can come learn how real maple syrup is made.

You can learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago and how you can make it yourself today.  You can learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps and so on.

You will find out how large, modern sugar operations produce syrup and other maple products; and how Parker Dam State Park’s small operation produces this tasteful treat.  Several upgrades to the park’s Sugar Shack have been realized, so if you haven’t been out in a while, you can come see the changes.

A few lucky participants will get to tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out.  There will be free pure maple syrup taste samples for all visitors.  You will discover the tradition.

Programs will be held each Saturday and Sunday throughout March (except March 1-2) at 2 p.m.  You will meet at the park’s Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road.  Schools and organized groups may schedule a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday maple sugaring program (March only) by calling 814-765-0630 or e-mailing: cahuber@pa.gov.

On March 15, the Friends of Parker Dam, a park volunteer organization, will be sponsoring a Soup and Sandwich Sale from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the park’s Beach House.  You can come for a variety of homemade soups and sandwiches, as well as hot chocolate, cookies, and your own copy of the Friends’ cookbook.

Soup and sandwich combos will be $3, and individually- $1.50 each.  It will support the park volunteer organization that provides information on how you, your family or your business can become a member.

Special Note:  Sledding and Ice Skating at Parker Dam- when conditions allow, a sled riding area and an ice skating rink are maintained at the park.  You can check the “Parker Dam State Park” Facebook page or the “Winter Report” at visitPAparks.com to learn of snow and ice conditions and the availability of facilities.

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