Sat, Mar 26|
Fort Sumner (Bottom)
Maple Sugaring (FREE!)
Learn how to tap maple trees using carved wooden spiles. We'll make our own spiles, and boil down some sap for syrup!
Time & Location
Mar 26, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Fort Sumner (Bottom), 141 Sheridan St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
About the event
Maple syrup, and its more practical, yet harder-to-produce finished form, maple sugar, is native to North America and unique throughout the world, but maple trees are not the only trees that can be tapped for syrup! Indeed, throughout history, around the world, maples, birches, palms, Juglans (walnuts, heartnuts), alders, and more, have been tapped by humans (and squirrels, birds, and other animals) for thousands of years. Trees have been revered by all human cultures around the world (except for the industrialized) and for good reason! Trees are vital to the oxygenation of the planet, and thus the survival of humanity - and most humans around the world used to intrinsically believe that their purpose in life was, in part, to, in turn, care for the trees.
Learn how to tap maple trees for syrup, and the basics of supportive and relational, ecological forestry! We'll cover the basics of tree identification, nutritional qualities of maple sap and sugar, seasonality, an overview of sugaring step-by-step, carving spiles, and tapping trees! We'll have some fresh maple sap and syrup on hand to taste. All tools and materials provided.
NOTE: Due to the ongoing international COVID-19 pandemic, preventative measures will be enforced. Please wear a mask or a cloth covering over your face, maintain physical distancing throughout the class, and do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
This event is free! Donations of $5-10 (tax-deductible!) will be always be graciously accepted. Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. All donations are tax-deductible.
Maple Sugaring $5 Donation
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Maple Sugaring (FREE)