Maple Sugaring Programs to be held at Parker Dam

PENFIELD – March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam Sate Park and people can come learn how real maple syrup is made.

During these programs, people learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago and how to make it today.

Also, people 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.  People 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 in recent years, so if anyone hasn’t been out in a while, they can come see the changes.

A few lucky participants will get to tap a maple tree, gather in the sap and help out.  Free pure maple syrup taste samples for all visitors.

Programs will be held each Saturday and Sunday throughout March (except March 1) at 2 p.m.  Participants 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 the park’s Environmental Education Specialist at: cahuber@pa.gov.

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