Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Adopt-A-Tree @ New Canaan Nature Center

The New Canaan Nature Center lhttp://www.newcanaannature.org/ocated on 144 Oenoke Ridge is offering an "adopt a tree" program once again this year...not just any tree, but one that produced maple sugar!  Families, individuals or groups get a chance each year to adopt the New Canaan Nature Center's sugar maple trees and enjoy the nature center from a unique and exciting perspective where they actually participate in this time honored tradition of New England...the art of maple sugaring!  The New Canaan Nature Center taps nearly 50 trees throughout the property with some trees being robust enough to handle 2-3 taps each!

This program begins with the Adopt a Tree Kickoff Event on Feb. 11, 2017 when families or groups come to the center to choose their tree and put a tap in it, a process that takes around an hour to complete.  After the tap is put in the tree, participants are invited to come to the center to collect sap  between one to three times a week - depending on sap flow conditions for the entire syrup season  that typically  lasts four to six weeks.  After all the sap is collected, participants are invited to take part in the boiling down process where the sap is transformed into "real" maple syrup.  

Participants are also invited to two maple themed events including a  Maple Syrup Pot-Luck Dinner where each family or group will receive their own bottle of New Canaan Nature Center maple syrup and the  March 18th Syrup Saturday Festival - a pancakes & pjs brunch with tons of fun syrup-related activities! 

The cost to participate in this program is $75 per group/family. Multiple families can adopt the same tree and share the cost. However, at the end of the program, only one jar of syrup is provided. There will be three tap times on Saturday, February 11th at 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M., and 1:00 P.M.. At registration, you will be asked to select one of these three time slots.  Can't make it on the 11th but still want to participate? No worries! Once registration opens in early January, give us a call at (203)-966-9577 x20 and we'll be happy to set up a makeup date for you and your family/group to come select your tree. 

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