The New Canaan Nature Center's Syrup Saturday festival returns on Saturday, March 18 from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. This annual event celebrates the New England tradition of maple syrup making and includes a pancake brunch with different varieties of syrup, including the Nature Center's own.
To celebrate the bounty of the 2017 syrup season, we'll be serving up flapjacks, syrup and an array of tasty toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, and more!) in the Visitor Center. All are welcome and encouraged to dress in their PJS!
How does it work? Freezing temperatures create suction that draws water in through a tree's roots, and warm periods create pressure which causes the sap to flow out through a tap hole where it's collected in buckets. This sap, a combination of water, salt and sugar, serves as the tree's food and is the sole ingredient of pure maple syrup.
During Syrup Saturday, visitors will get a chance to observe the entire process from tree tapping to boiling into syrup at the "sugar shack". Educators will also demonstrate historic methods of maple syruping.
Local maple syrup and maple baked goods will be for sale. Guests can test their taste buds on real vs. fake syrup and learn what the different grades mean.
A highlight of this event is the Family Lumberjack Challenge! ry your hand at wood heaving (how far can you throw a log of firewood?), before tackling our firewood stacking competition. Does your family have what it takes to complete our entire log rolling obstacle course? Join us to find out! This event is primarily held outdoors and activities will be ongoing throughout the day.