Maple Madness

Maple syrup doesn't come from a bottle; it comes from trees, sap to be specific. The Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting a day-long event to "savor" this "first taste of spring" on March 14.

"The experience of helping to collect sap, visiting the sugar house with the steaming evaporator, then savoring a taste of warm maple syrup borders on magical," says Jason Neumann, experiential education specialist.—-

A variety of activities are scheduled for all ages.

  • Pancake brunch, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Maple syrup-making demonstrations, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Self-guided maple trail hike, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Guided sugar bush hikes 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (every hour on the half hour)
  • Children's maple games, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Maple Madness includes demonstrations, log tapping, maple sugaring history lectures and maple trail hikes to familiarize visitors of all ages with the important role of maple trees in Ohio's history. While the guided hikes offer the experience of sap collecting, searching for sapsucker holes and tasting natural sap from the tree.

For Cincinnati Nature Center members, participation is free. Non-members can participate in all activities with paid admission to the park - $5 per adult and $1 per child. To RSVP for the pancake brunch, visit www.CincyNature.org or call 513-831-1711. The brunch is $9 per adult and $5 per child.

Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods is located at 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150.

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