• Chippewa Nature Center to Host Annual Maple Syrup Day March 21

    March 10, 2020
    Jamie Hockstra, Director of Marketing & Communications
    989.631.0830 | 989.631.7070 f

    Chippewa Nature Center to Host Annual Maple Syrup Day March 21

    When:             Saturday, March 21, 2020, 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):
                               CNC Members ages 13+: $7 | CNC Members ages 3-12: $4
                            Nonmembers ages 13+: $8 | 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 21 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 $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 3-12 and free to children under age 3. Members receive reduced rates of $7 (ages 13 and up) and $4 (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 take a wagon ride to the Sugarhouse to see the process of boiling sap into pure maple syrup. There will also be an 1870s sap boiling demonstration. 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, enjoy a maple-themed puppet play and music. 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; Dennis and Barb Hurley, Dr. Marianne and Frederick McKelvy, Mark and Laura Freed and Dr. Sandra J. Simmons.

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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 pm. Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

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