Parker Dam to offer maple sugaring program in March
Monday, February 23, 2009
March is Maple Sugaring Month at Parker Dam State Park, and by visiting the park, you can learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago and how you can make it yourself today.
Learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, where to place the taps and more. Find out how large, modern sugar operations produce syrup and other maple products and how Parker Dam State Park's small operation produces syrup, as well. Some participants will get the chance to tap a maple tree, gather in the sap and help out. Free pure maple syrup taste samples will be available for all attendees.
Programs will be held Saturdays and Sundays throughout March at 2 p.m. Attendees should meet at the park's Sugar Shack, near pavilion No. 7, just past Cabin Road. Schools and organized groups may schedule a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday maple sugaring program (March only) by calling 765-0630 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about state park programs and special events, visit the state Bureau of State Parks Web site, www.VisitPAParks.com, and click on "Calendar." Stay informed on what is happening in Pennsylvania state parks by subscribing to "Resource," the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's electronic newsletter.
The primary purpose of Pennsylvania state parks is to provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation and serve as outdoor classrooms for environmental education.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the Bureau of State Parks at 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice), 717-558-2710 (local or international voice), 1-888-537-7294 (TTY), 717-558-2711 (local or international TTY) or 711 (AT&T Relay Services).