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DeGraaf Nature Center Events

Boiler used to make maple syrup. Ronald C. Yochum, Jr. [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons
Boiler used to make maple syrup. Ronald C. Yochum, Jr. [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

UNDATED (WHTC) -- At this time of year, it’s usually time to make the maple syrup at DeGraaf Nature Center.  The problem is, there has to be a thaw so the sap will flow and according to the National Weather Service, we won’t see one anytime soon.  Not to worry, though.  Nature Center Director Rob Venner says they have plenty of syrup taken from the trees last year.  Sugar on Snow, a pioneer treat from the 1800s,is creating by pouring cooked maple syrup over snow or crushed ice.  The toffee-like ribbon that results is then scooped up with fingers or sticks.  The fun begins at 2 P.M. on Saturday afternoon and you should call to register if you'd like to attend.  Maple Sugar Time at Van Raalte Farm is scheduled for the weekends of March 15th and 22nd.  For more information on these and other events at the Center, call 355-1057.

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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