Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here’s a bit of a change of pace for some winter outdoor fun: Learn all about maple syrup, right here in Morris County this winter at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township.

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Volunteer Bob Weingaertner is demonstrating the wood-fired evaporator that turns sap into syrup.

You’ll learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different delicious syrups, including syrup made right at the Great Swamp OEC.

Think you can identify the differences between pancake? syrups? Taste test of three distinct maple syrups: a store bought syrup made from corn syrup, a farm produced syrup made from sugar maple trees, and the syrup made from the red maple trees at the Great Swamp OEC. Which one do you enjoy the most?

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Hour long demonstrations are held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on following dates: January 17, 23, 24, 30, 31& February 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28. At the peak of the season, February 27 and 28, there will be demonstrations at both 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required, but it is first come, first served seating.

Then, on March 5, there will be a culmination of the maple sugaring season. Don’t miss the annual Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday, March 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

For more information and directions to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit morrisparks.net or call 973.635.6629, or visit Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township

For a complete guide to programs this winter at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, visit: http://www.morrisparks.net/pdfs/GSOEC_SeasonalGuide_Winter2016.pdf