MAPLE SYRUP SEASON
Maple sugaring time is a lot of hard work for a sweet reward.
It goes back to an era when the only sugar available in Wisconsin was obtained from maple trees, all the more precious for the labor involved.
Every year in late February and early March, when nightly freezes begin to alternate with sunshine and daily thaws, trees are tapped at Ledge View, and maple syrup is made. School groups spend the day at the park, learning about trees and the history and basic chemistry of Wisconsin's native sugar. The kids select a maple tree and tap it. They taste and collect sap. They discover what real maple syrup tastes like.
Each year staff , volunteers, and school children tap around 175 maple trees here at Ledge View Nature Center.
We collect over 1,000 gallons of sap, when all cooked down we usually have around 35 gallons of syrup made. All the cooking means we go through at least a cord of firewood.