Sweet! Maple sugaring (Feb. 28 and TBA)

February 26, 2009

If you thought maple syrup production was limited to New England, head over to Rockwoods Reservation on Saturday (Feb. 28) for a look at how it’s done in Missouri. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors will see a sugar bush, taps on sugar maples, sap collection and, finally, the sugar shack, where the sap is boiled down into syrup. A taste of syrup follows, naturally!

Reservations aren’t required and there’s no charge to participate in this Missouri Department of Conservation event; you can find details on the MDC site. To get to Rockwoods, turn off Interstate 44 at exit 109. Go four miles north to Woods Avenue and turn left; you’ll make a right on Glencoe Road.

On the Illinois side, The Nature Institute in Godfrey also has a maple sugaring outing planned. The date is to be determined, depending on weather conditions, but you can check the homepage for updates — they assure me that the date will be posted there as soon as it’s set. Registration is required for the free event; call 618.466.9930 to get a spot.


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