Maple syrup has a long history on our continent. This sweet, delicious topping was first made by Native Americans and later advanced by colonists. Much of today’s maple syrup found in plastic bottles at grocery stores is made with artificial flavoring and sweeteners, along with all sorts of chemical compounds that are difficult to pronounce – much less understand what they are.
Not McCloud Maple Syrup, though! Every year, the sugar maple trees at McCloud Nature Park produce sap with a high sugar content. We tap the trees by boring holes in their trunks and collecting the sap that begins flowing when daytime temperatures rise. Park staff and volunteers collect the sap daily, which is then placed in an evaporator and reduced into delicious and 100 % all-natural maple syrup!
Bring the entire family out to McCloud Nature Park on March 4 and March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our annual celebration of the McCloud sugar maple trees and the delectable sweetness that they produce. Step back in time to learn how maple syrup has been made over the course of history, see how a modern evaporator works, sample some McCloud Maple Syrup, and much more during the fun, educational and interactive demonstrations that take place during McCloud Maple Syrup Days.
* DIY Maple Syrup Workshop on Jan. 14 at McCloud Nature Park
* Winter Tree ID family program on Jan. 28 at Sodalis Nature Park
* Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on March 4 & 11 at McCloud Nature Park
* Maple Syrup Days Field Trips at McCloud Nature Park (below)
This program meets or exceeds 2016 Indiana Academic Science Standards for K-5:
K.LS.2 Describe and compare the physical features of common living plants and animals.
1.LS.2 Develop a model mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Explore how those external parts could solve a human problem.
1.LS.4 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.
3.LS.3 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
4.LS.2 Use evidence to support the explanation that a change in the environment may result in a plant or animal will survive and reproduce, move to a new location, or die.
4.LS.3 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction in different ecosystems.
4.PS.1 Investigate transportation systems and devices that operate on or in land, water, air and space and recognize the forces (lift, drag, friction, thrust and gravity) that affect their motion.
5.LS.1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.