March 2nd, 2009 By | Food & Drink |

Maple Madness

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Maple syrup doesn't come from a bottle; it comes from trees, sap to be specific. The Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting a day-long event to "savor" this "first taste of spring" on March 14.

"The experience of helping to collect sap, visiting the sugar house with the steaming evaporator, then savoring a taste of warm maple syrup borders on magical," says Jason Neumann, experiential education specialist.

A variety of activities are scheduled for all ages.

  • Pancake brunch, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Maple syrup-making demonstrations, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Self-guided maple trail hike, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Guided sugar bush hikes 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (every hour on the half hour)
  • Children's maple games, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Maple Madness includes demonstrations, log tapping, maple sugaring history lectures and maple trail hikes to familiarize visitors of all ages with the important role of maple trees in Ohio's history. While the guided hikes offer the experience of sap collecting, searching for sapsucker holes and tasting natural sap from the tree.

For Cincinnati Nature Center members, participation is free. Non-members can participate in all activities with paid admission to the park - $5 per adult and $1 per child. To RSVP for the pancake brunch, visit www.CincyNature.org or call 513-831-1711. The brunch is $9 per adult and $5 per child.

Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods is located at 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150.

04.25.2009 at 10:39 Reply
Thanks Margo. As always, you're one of the few to offer good information to us human readers. The Nature Center is a gift. Of course, because it is more popular now, it's starting to get trashed ... graffiti on benches, trees stripped by knives, snack wrappers on ground, etc. ... none of which I saw before this year in the approximately seven years I've been going there ... but humans will eventually be thwarted and you can't really compete with nature.