Make Maple Syrup For A Sweet Taste Of Spring!
By Harland Hiemstra, Minnesota DNR
Hundreds of years ago, before there were weather reports or thermometers, Minnesota’s Ojibwe Indians kept an eye on the natural world around them to tell them when Spring was on its way. When the crows and eagles started to return from their winter grounds, the people knew that the sap would soon start flowing, and it was time to tap the maple trees around them to make syrup.
Come to one of the many maple syruping events at Minnesota state parks in March and see how it’s done. You’ll enjoy some hands-on experience, and get to enjoy a sweet taste of Spring.
- Fort Snelling State Park – March 9, 10, 16, 23, 24
- Wild River State Park – March 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
- Whitewater State Park – March 9, 16, 23, 30
The programs are free, but reservations may be required for some of them, and a daily or yearly vehicle permit is required to visit the park. More information at www.mndnr.gov/maplesyrup.