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Maple events planned at Paul Smith’s VIC and Tupper Lake Wild Center

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.

— To participate, attend the free "Art of Maple Sugaring Breakfast and Workshop." Registered participants will get a pancake breakfast, an introduction to the natural history of maple trees, expert instruction and tapping tools. Additional supplies will be available for purchase from The Wild Supply Company. Advanced registration is required; attendance at either workshop is necessary to participate in the project. Families are encouraged to attend.

After the workshops end, it's all maple all day at The Wild Center, with maple stories, crafts and tastings on Feb. 24 and March 16. The Adirondack Museum will share local maple sugaring stories through historical objects and pictures from the past. Get insight into the sugaring process from experienced naturalists at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as they discuss tapping trees, processing sap, and – the sweet part - maple sugar. Take a closer look at an operational evaporator, catch some running sap and drill your own tap as we explore the local maple-sugaring story.

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit wildcenter.org/sweet to register for events at The Wild Center or call 359-7800. For events at the Paul Smith's College VIC, contact Brian McDonnell at 327-6241 or bmcdonnell@paulsmiths.edu. For more information, please visit us online at northernnewyorkmaple.com.

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