How is maple syrup made? Beaver Lake Nature Center gives Sugarbush tours

BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — If you’ve ever wondered how maple syrup is made, now’s your chance to see it in person at Beaver Lake Nature Center’s Sugarbush tour.

Throughout March at the Baldwinsville nature center, visitors can explore the demonstration Sugarbush — a term for a forest stand of sugar maple trees — and see how maple syrup gets made.

“Beaver Lake’s naturalists will introduce the public to how maple syrup is made, the science behind the sap that flows from maple trees, and the heritage of maple sugaring,” stated Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Located three miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370, Beaver Lake Nature Center tours start Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will continue every Saturday after with the same schedule, on March 9, 16 and 23.

“This is a really unique thing to this area. You can’t go to many places and actually visit a working Sugar Bush and it’s nice and local,” said Marissa Lathrop, Park Naturalist at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Sugarbush tours are self-paced and free with park admission, which includes $5 per vehicle.

If you want to taste the maple syrup made locally in Central New York, you can attend the Pancake Breakfast before or after visiting the Sugarbush.

“The popular pancake breakfast includes sausage and a beverage, with an option to top off your pancakes with local maple syrup,” stated Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Pancake breakfasts are held the first four Saturdays in March from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Breakfast ranges from $3 to $7.

“In addition, the Beaver Lodge Gift Shop will be stocked with a wide variety of maple products for purchase. Proceeds benefit The Friends of Beaver Lake, a non-profit group that supports the Nature Center’s mission,” stated Beaver Lake Nature Center.

For more information about Maple Sugaring Season at Beaver Lake, click here.

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