Learn How to Make Pure Maple Syrup at Minnesota State Parks

maple syrup collection bucket
maple syrup collection bucket
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

St. Paul, MN -(AmmoLand.com)- Ever wonder how pure maple syrup gets from trees to the table?

Come to one of the free programs at Minnesota state parks and find out how to make a batch of syrup in your own backyard, using basic tools from around the house.

Free programs begin the first weekend in March at:

  • Whitewater State Park (near Winona), 10:30 a.m.-noon or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5.
  • Wild River State Park (Center City), 1-2 p.m. both Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6.

Additional programs will take place at these and other Minnesota state parks through April 9. Some programs encourage dropping by any time to watch syrup-making in progress. Others offer more hands-on instruction with a taste of the finished product. You will learn how to identify and tap the right kind of tree as well as how to boil the sap you collect until it is sweet enough to serve.

Generally, sap runs best from about mid-March to mid-April, when temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s during the day and below freezing at night. It usually takes 30 to 50 gallons of sap from a sugar maple tree to get a gallon of pure maple syrup.

The maple syrup programs at Minnesota state parks are free, but vehicle permits are required to enter the parks ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit). Due to space limitations, some programs also require advance registration.

For more information, including the complete 2016 maple syrup program schedule, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/maple_syruping or call the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

About Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

For more information, visit: www.dnr.state.mn.us.