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Chippewa Nature Center to Host Annual Maple Syrup Day March 16

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March 08, 2019
Chippewa Nature Center to Host Annual Maple Syrup Day March 16

When:            Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10 am-4 pm
Where:           400 S. Badour Rd., Midland
Admission:    CNC members & all under age 18: FREE
                        Nonmembers 18 & up: $5

Pancake Meal (10 am-2 pm, members only 9-10 am)

Admission:   CNC Members ages 13+: $6 | CNC Members ages 3-12: $4
                       Nonmembers ages 13+: $7 | Nonmembers ages 3-12: $5
                       All under age 3: Free

The woods and sugarhouse come to life as Chippewa Nature Center hosts Maple Syrup Day on Saturday, March 16 from 10 am to 4 pm with food and fun for all ages throughout the day! Admission is free for members and all children under age 18 and just $5 for nonmember adults.

Visitors can also enjoy a pancake meal from 10 am-2 pm for $7 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 3-12 and free to children under age 3. Members receive reduced rates of $6 (ages 13 and up) and $5 (ages 3-12), and are offered an additional seating time of 9-10 am. The menu includes unlimited pancakes with REAL maple syrup, sausage, apple sauce, milk and coffee.

Maple crafts, games and hands-on activities in the Visitor Center will engage children of all ages as they discover the magic of the syrup season. Stop by the Wigwam to learn how Native Americans used the resources along the Pine River to make maple sugar. Visitors will find sweet treats and other nature-based items for purchase at the Nature Center Store.

Visitors can experience the whole process of making maple syrup by taking a wagon ride to the Sugarhouse to see how we boil sap into pure maple syrup. There will also be an 1870s sap boiling demonstration and where visitors can learn how to make syrup at home in small batches. Enjoy a guided tour of the sugarbush, practice tapping a tree or discover some sugarbush treasure with a scavenger hunt in the woods. Completed scavenger hunts will be entered into a prize drawing.

In the Schoolhouse, check out the maple puppet play (on the hour from 10 am-3 pm) or maple syrup story time (on the half-hour from 10:30 am-3:30 pm). Check out the Homestead Cabin to enjoy the smell of maple recipes cooking on the wood stove and then swing by the Timber Frame Barn for a taste of “sugar on snow” as we make old fashioned maple syrup taffy.

To volunteer for Maple Syrup Day, contact Cathy Devendorf at cdevendorf@chippewanaturecenter.org or 989.631.0830.

Maple Syrup Day is generously sponsored by Warner (signature sponsor); Ace; Gambrell Milster and Associates PLC; Veterans Alarm Incorporated, Dennis and Barb Hurley, Jim Malek, Dr. Marianne and Frederick McKelvy and Betty Ujevich.
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Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect all people with nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Enjoy free admission to 19+ miles of trails from dawn-to-dark, 365 days a year. The Visitor Center, located at 400 S. Badour Rd., is open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

400 S. Badour Rd. • Midland, MI 48640 • 989.631.0830 • 989.631.7070 fax • www.chippewanaturecenter.org