Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Maple Festival Events at the Cayuga Nature Center


Annual Maple Festival March 26th and 27th
A kick-off to spring at the Cayuga Nature Center!

ITHACA, NY (March 14) – The Cayuga Nature Center, (CNC), in collaboration with The Museum of the Earth at PRI, will be holding its’ annual Maple Festival. This fun-filled family event is Saturday, March 26and Sunday, March 27 at The Cayuga Nature Center and is part of New York State Maple Producers Weekend.Maple Festival at CNC will feature a pancake breakfast from 9-2, with music and events from 10-4. On Saturday, March 26th come by to meet the new Director of Nature Center Programs.

Learn about maple syrup production with sugar bush tours and maple sugaring demonstrations or take the opportunity to walk the trails and see the new signage produced by Museum of the Earth explaining the process of maple syrup production.  This year CNC will offer more live music from local musicians, including Technicolor Trailer Park, Lewiston, and Ironwood as well as additional vendors featuring local homemade products;  soap, alpaca yarn, lotions (maple lip balm), glass, maple products, and ice cream.  You can also enjoy animal programs with Emily Baker, the Manager of Animal Collections.

Maple syrup is produced nowhere else on Earth, except Northeast America and Canada. Trees can begin to be tapped as early as January, but the main sap flow occurs in March. Ideal sap flow conditions are when the days turn warmer (above 40 degrees) while the nights are still chilly. It takes about 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!

Maple syrup season is one of the first signs of spring. What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with this annual festival. Children ages 2-11 $5; Adults $10; Families of 4-6 $25. Parking will be off of Garrett Road on our upper lot- Transportation to and from the Nature Center will be provided by Gadabout. This is a fundraising event and all proceeds go to programming at Cayuga Nature Center.

For more information about the festival and maple syrup visit

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