‘Maple Sugaring Day’ returns to Tahquamenon Falls State Park March 23

Tahquamenon Falls State Park will host “Maple Sugaring Day’ at the Upper Falls, Saturday, March 23, from noon to 4 p.m.

Free guided tours of the park’s sugar bush take place hourly beginning at noon, with the last tour leaving at 3 p.m. Participants will visit multiple demonstration stations set up along a hiking trail to learn about the process of converting maple sap into syrup. The demonstrations will include both historical and modern methods of making syrup.

“Maple sugaring is a great outdoor activity for families to enjoy in March, when the temperatures start to rise and the sap starts flowing,” said park interpreter Theresa Neal. “Visitors in the past have been amazed to learn that the trees in your own back yard can produce this seasonal treat.”

The sugar bush demonstrations will feature hands-on activities and maple syrup experts will be in attendance to answer questions and provide advice about at-home maple sugaring. Pancakes will be available for participants to taste a variety of homemade syrups from the region, and local vendors will have maple sugaring products available for purchase.

Park visitors will also have the chance to experience dog sled rides during the event. Nature’s Kennel will offer rides for $25, with one sled accommodating two adults or one adult and two children.

For more information about Maple Sugaring Day, contact Theresa Neal at 906-492-3415 or visit www.michigan.gov/tfallseducation.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is located at 41382 West M-123 in Paradise. Semi-modern campsites and a modern lodge are available during the winter at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The campsites include electrical outlets, but no flush toilets; the lodge includes heat, electricity, a furnished kitchen, a bathroom and bedrooms. Reservations can be made by calling the park headquarters at 906-492-3415.

There is no cost to participate in the sugar bush tours; however, a Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles entering the park.

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