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Learn the Art of Making Maple Syrup at the Nature Center
Learn the Art of Making Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – What could be sweeter? The Audubon Nature Center is offering the opportunity to learn the basic principles and procedures to make maple syrup.

“The Art of Making Maple Syrup” will be held on Sunday afternoon, February 15 at the Nature Center, followed by a trip to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House in Ashville, New York, in March.

The 1:30-3 p.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.

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, when they will receive one small bottle of fresh maple syrup. Anyone who cannot schedule a trip can pick up their syrup at the Center after March 20.

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 six years.

Participants are asked to dress for the weather.

The fee is $22 or $18 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations are requested by Monday, February 9, 2015: call (716) 569-2345 to register and pay at the door or click on “The Art of Making Maple Syrup” www.jamestownaudubon.org. A minimum class size of six is required by February 9; walk-ins accepted after that.  

A minimum class size of 12 is required by February 10; walk-ins will be accepted after that.

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 Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.


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