Maple sugaring is for everyone at Geauga Park District, with special programs this season designed to reach every age group and level of ability!
Three indoor programs at The West Woods Nature Center will certainly get you in the mood for the sweet stuff in March: a basic Maple Syrup for Dummies on Sunday, January 26th, at 1:00 p.m.; a sugaring skills-based Maple 101 Workshop on Saturday, February 1st from 9:00 a.m. to noon (register through the OSU Extension Office at 440-834-4656); and Sweet Maple: How to Make Maple Confections on Saturday, February 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (including samples).
Two age-specific programs require registration at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516: Timbertots: Maple Sugar Time! (for ages 3-5 with an adult) on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Swine Creek Reservation; and Elderberries: Maple Syrup 101 (for seniors, maple nut sundaes included) on Thursday, February 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center. Elderberries is proudly co-presented by Geauga Park District, the Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.
Veterans are cordially invited to take a naturalist-led hike on Saturday, March 7th 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation – no registration required! Join us for an inside look at a sugarbush and trail walk to discover the history of maple sugaring, with some sweet syrup samples included.
Finally, those ages 12 and older looking for a maple-themed art project might enjoy the Maple Leaf Wind Chime Workshop on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, complete with refreshments. Registration is also required for this one; Geauga residents pay $30, while out-of-county residents pay $34. Dress for mess and bring an old shirt or smock! Brigitte Fiorille from the Fairmount Center for the Arts will be your guide to create a maple leaf wind chime utilizing ceramic leaves, beads and acrylic painting techniques.
Again, registration is required for the Maple 101 Workshop, Timbertots, Elderberries and the Maple Leaf Wind Chime Workshop. The West Woods Nature Center is located at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. Swine Creek Reservation is located at 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield Township. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.