Maple sugar madness takes over Prescott Farm

March is the month for maple sugaring at Prescott Farm. Programs are offered on Saturdays in March three times a day. (Courtesy Photo)

March is the month for maple sugaring at Prescott Farm. Programs are offered on Saturdays in March three times a day. (Courtesy Photo)

LACONIA — For over 15 years, Prescott Farm has been offering Maple Sugar Madness programs to school groups and the public during the month of March. On Saturdays in March, the public is invited to come and take part in this 1.5-hour program. Available program times include; 10 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. All who attend will get to experience an old-fashioned New England tradition – making maple syrup!

From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will have hands-on participation in every step of the syrup making process. Their environmental educators will help you to 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 our Sugar House, please note that you will be hiking back up hill after the program. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be provided as needed.

Prescott Farm is a nonprofit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, long-term partnerships with local elementary schools and NOW Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens and forested pond. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the "green" building!

Reservations are required and space is limited (per each program time), so reserve your spot well in advance. Cost is $10, $8 for members of Prescott Farm. Ages 3 and under are admitted free. Reservations can be made online at www.prescottfarm.org or by calling 603-366-5695.