Maple Syrup

Facility: Kortright Centre for Conservation
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Program Levels:
ESL, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grades 9-12, Kindergarten, Pre School
Course Types:
Afternoon, Day Visit, Morning

Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and present methods of maple syrup making.

Curriculum connections:

Science and Technology;
Earth and Space – Grade 1: Daily and Seasonal Changes
Life Systems – Grade 3: Growth and Change in Plants

Social Studies;
Heritage and Identity –
Grade 1: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities
Grade 2: Changing Family and Community Traditions
Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780 – 1850
Grade 5: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
Grade 6: Communities in Canada Past and Present

Come and learn about a fabulous Canadian tradition. This popular program includes hands-on learning about the history of syrup making from Aboriginal to Modern day times. Students will learn the equipment used, forest management practices and cooking procedures of this sustainable resource. Along the trail to the sugar bush, learn how sap is produced and flows within thre tree, how to identify maple trees, and how farmers tap their trees for sap. At our demonstration sites visitors will meet a pioneer and modern day syrup-maker who will describe how they process sap into syrup.

Programs always have an outdoor component. Groups should dress for the conditions on the day of their visit. Before your visit, please discuss the importance of dressing appropriately for outdoor activities. On days of inclement weather the program will be modified to include some indoor activities along with the outdoor components.

March to Early April