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Sun, Mar 26


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Maple Sugaring (FREE! Kid Friendly!)

Learn how to tap maple trees using carved wooden spiles. We'll make our own spiles, and boil down some sap for syrup!

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Maple Sugaring (FREE! Kid Friendly!)
Maple Sugaring (FREE! Kid Friendly!)

Time & Location

Mar 26, 2023, 10:00 AM EDT – Mar 27, 2023, 11:30 AM EDT

Sharing Den, 111 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.

Preregistration is required to reserve a spot in the class. The class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Please plan accordingly. If you know you can't attend class, a quick phone call or email is appreciated. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or if you have any questions.

NOTE: This class will be held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. 

Donations of $5-25 will 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. Financial aid and 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.


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