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Learn to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center
Learn to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – For a sweet experience, the Audubon Nature Center is presenting a workshop on The Art of Making Maple Syrup.

This opportunity to learn the basic principles and procedures to make maple syrup will be held on Saturday morning, January 30, at the Nature Center. It will be followed by a trip to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House in Ashville, New York, in March.

The 10-11:30 a.m. program will begin in the Nature Center’s multipurpose room, where a slide show and lecture will describe what it takes to make maple syrup.  Instructor Rick Rupprecht will bring samples of the equipment he uses and talk about alternatives that are available.  A quick walk outside will help you learn to look closely at branches and bark to identify a sugar maple from the other trees in the yard by looking closely at branches and bark.

Each participant will receive a certificate good for one visit in March to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House: The Home of the Happy Pancakes.  Because cooking sap is dependent on the weather, the visit cannot be scheduled yet.  Participants will be given the number to call Rupprecht to set their visit with him. If you make the visit, you will have the opportunity to purchase fresh maple syrup at that time.

As an Audubon volunteer, Rick Rupprecht helps at festivals, leads children on discovery walks, presents programs for groups as an Audubon Ambassador, leads the Elk Field Trip, and builds things from wood for displays and exhibits, to name just a few. The director of aviation and professor of mathematics at Jamestown Community College, he has been making maple syrup for seven years.

Participants are asked to dress for the weather.

The fee is $16 or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Reservations are requested by Monday, January 25: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours to register and pay with a credit card or click through “The Art of Making Maple Syrup” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

Nature Center education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the Nature Center and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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