Learn how maple syrup is made and how to make your own maple syrup easily at home. This workshop teaches participants how to safely & sustainably tap a maple tree for vitamin-filled maple sap which can be enjoyed straight or boiled down into sweet maple syrup.
Any type of maple tree can be tapped in March for your own tasty syrup. This event is free of charge, donations to fund Friends of Pippy Park efforts such as maple season events & community gardening are gladly accepted. Maple taps (spiles) and a bucket are all you need to get started. Maple taps will be available for sale before, during, and after the workshops via the Friends of Pippy Park charitable organization, with all proceeds going towards funding the maple syrup workshops and Friends of Pippy Parks’ outdoor and educational programming.
Meet at the large parking lot/maintenance yard located just before Pippy Park HQ, parking is available in the yard and also a short walk away at Pippy Park HQ. The grove is just a few minutes walk into the trees from where we meet up. Winter footwear is required as getting up close to the trees may involve going over snowbanks. Weather permitting, Maple the Goat, or her daughter Ella, and (if they’ve been born by the date), Maple’s new kid goats will be in attendance! Maple is the original ‘maple syrup goat’ who helped Steve & Lisa haul sap back in her saddlebags when they lived downtown.