Maple Syrup Time Past & Present : THANK YOU!
Stage Nature Center welcomed over 800 visitors to our 100 acre preserve during the month of March to tour our sugar bush and learn all about how sap is harvested and turned into delicious maple syrup in today's times and long ago. The tours were led by TNS instructors and Troy Historic Village interpreters.
The tours started indoors with a brief lesson on the science behind maple sap production and an explanation of how maple syrup is harvested in both today's times and 100 years ago. The groups were then led out onto the Sugar Loop trail where they passed by several collection buckets hanging from maple trees, hung there during our Tree Tapping event held on February 25th.
Visitors continued on the trail to see how a modern day sugar bush collects sap with long hoses and large tubs. They circle through the trail and come upon a historic forge, where interpreters from the Troy Historic Village explain how Maple Sugaring was an early cash crop for farmers 100 years ago. The tour finishes indoors with a taste of real maple cream and 100% pure Michigan Maple Syrup and mini-waffles.
A big thanks to all of our volunteers, supporters, staff and board members from the Stage Nature Center and Troy Historic Village who were critical in making this years annual event a great success! We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you!!
Tree Tapping Event and "Members Only" Continental Breakfast
Saturday, February 25th