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Thursday February 28th, 2013

Posted at 10:00am

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Maple syrup season is here and it doesn’t last long. John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area is now taking bookings for its popular maple education programs and group tours, to teach the springtime ritual of maple syrup and sugar making. Bookings are offered from February 25th to March 28th.

Costumed guides will be making maple syrup and sugar the pioneer way and you are invited to get involved at every stage. Discover the tradition that began with the First Nations. Outdoors, get up-close and see the trees tapped and the sap boiling in a large iron cauldron. Come inside to help with the finishing of the syrup on the 1850s’ kitchen fireplace. At the modern visitor centre, knowledgeable staff will teach you the science behind maple syrup. Children can participate with various hands-on activities; try a brace and bit drill, carry pails of sap using an old-fashioned yoke and taste some pure maple sugar.

The Homestead’s maple programs are appropriate for any age, explains Curator Janet Cobban. “We tailor our program to meet the appropriate grade level and curriculum links, or special interests that the group may have. The sweet subject matter is interesting to everyone. This program often attracts Girl Guide and Scout troops, seniors’ groups, day camps, church groups, New Canadians and many others. Our maple programs are also available in french on select days.”

Bookings are available for half day (1.5 hour) or full day (4 hour) programs.

Spaces are limited for this program, as the season only lasts a few weeks. To ensure your group is able to attend, contact the Homestead to reserve a date at 519-738-2029, or email [email protected]

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