Tap into sap for some sweet family fun
Bring the kids to Scanlon Creek for maple syrup activities
NEWMARKET – March 1, 2017 - Starting this month, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is offering two family-oriented programs that feature an authentic maple syrup experience. Enjoy the outdoors while learning how to identify and tap maple trees, and then boil down the sap into authentic maple syrup.
Trevor Stanford, senior outdoor educator at LSRCA, uses a traditional bit and brace to tap a sugar maple tree at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area.
"Maple syrup has a long tradition in Canadian culture. Canada produces 71% of the world's pure maple syrup, with only 3 of the 13 maple tree species being used for syrup production," says Nicole Hamley, manager of education at LSRCA. "In our programs, participants learn how maple syrup is produced – it's a time-honoured tradition that has remained largely the same even in our culture of constant change."
Both maple syrup programs are held at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury:
Spring into Scanlon is a three-day March Break Day Camp from March 14 - 16, for kids aged 6 – 12. On day one of camp, our experienced educators will share their knowledge of the techniques of early settlers to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap and help boil it down into delicious maple syrup. On the other two days, the kids will take part in fire and shelter building, orienteering, and nature photography.
Tap Into Spring is offered to people of all ages on select Saturdays and Sundays in March and April.
Registration for both programs is available online at
It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to collaborate, protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed with innovative research, policy and action.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 116
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
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