"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Learning about trees...
Pretending to be a tree.
Drinking the Sap!
Tapping the tree.
yummy...MAPLE SYRUP!
So much to see and do.

We made Maple Syrup!

For just $7.00 we enjoyed a beautiful day outside at a nature preserve. We took a hike/tour around the preserve where we tapped trees and made Maple syrup. It was really fun and the kids got lots of fresh air and took great naps afterward. :)

By the way, it takes 40 buckets of sap to make one container of Maple syrup. Kevin and I finally understand why Maple syrup is so expensive. They also did a nice demonstration of the difference between store bought syrup and Maple syrup. It is composed of chemicals, artificial thickening agents, and HFCS. Maple syrup is just sap-- its natural and so delicious.

If you live in the area, be sure to check out the link below. This particular nature preserve is available for tours, picnics, summer camps, birthday parties, classes, etc. Thank you Carly for telling me about this fun activity! :)



cudinir said...

I teach out in Dexter, we do this as a first grade field trip every year. We go to Hudson Mill's metro park, after the tour the kids get to eat pancakes and sausage, they love it! So educational and so much fun!!

Learning As I Go Blog said...

Ohh that is fun! I was bummed we didn't get to taste the syrup. That would have really topped off the day! :)