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Maple sugar event held in Tupper Lake

Mike Farrell, the Director of Cornell's Uihlein Field Station, explains the process of tapping a tree at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Mike Farrell, the Director of Cornell's Uihlein Field Station, explains the process of tapping a tree at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Photo by Alan Belford.

— Ron Cloutier and his son, Andrew, are one such intergenerational pairing planning to tap their trees as part of the program.

“I think it’s a great idea to help the town – to get people out and involved in the community,” Andrew said.

“I’ve tapped some maple on my own. I’m looking for ways to make the process more productive and efficient,” Ron added.

In conjunction with the community program, The Wild Center will be running maple-themed programs throughout the late winter and early spring.

“The evaporator will be running, and we’ll also be taking part in New York State Maple Weekend on March 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th,” Kretser said.

The next workshop for the program is March 17. While the tasty pancake breakfast and educational programs are open to anyone, the community program is only open to residents of Tupper Lake in order to help with program expediency.

“We are really super excited to be doing this,” Kretser said.

That excitement was shared by workshop participants as well who will have to decide what to do with their maple syrup.

Ron Cloutier may have summed it up best.

“I’m probably just going to be eating mine.”

For more information, see www.wildcenter.org or call 518-359-7800.

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