Published DateLACONIA — For over 12 years Prescott Farm has been offering their Maple Sugar Madness programs to school groups and the public during the month of March.
OnSaturdays, March 2-30 the public is invited to come and take part in this 1.5 hour program.
Available program times include; 10-11:30 a.m., 12 noon-1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.
All that attend will get to experience an old-fashioned New England tradition, from tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, a hands-on participation in every step of the syrup making process.
Environmental educators will help build tree ID skills and learn the parts of a tree and their functions, use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap, use historical and modern tree tapping tools, learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process.
The program also involves a 20 minute walk to the Sugar House, with participants hiking back up hill after the program. Participants should wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be provided as needed.
Prescott Farm offers year-round environmental education programs such as vacation camps for children ages 4-15, field trips for local schools, maple sugaring programs, and long-term Naturalist-in Residence programs with local elementary Schools.
The 160-acre historic family farm includes woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation, heritage gardens, and a forested pond.
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will offer Maple Sugar Madness Saturdays during March. (Courtesy photo)