Lake Maria State Park will present its annual maple-syruping demonstrations on March 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday) beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on both days at the nature center.
Tree tapping techniques will be described, followed by a hike into the woods to identify maple trees, tap a tree and collect the sap. The cooking process and syrup preparation also can be examined.
“Last year’s maple syruping run slowed significantly because of warmer-than-normal winter and spring temperatures, but demonstrations will be held regardless of temperatures,” says Park Manager Mark Crawford.
Maple syruping began more than a century ago when Native Americans and later, European pioneers, used the same tapping and collection methods to produce maple sugar, maple syrup and candy. “It’s a fascinating and historically significant event for the entire family,” reflects Crawford.
There will be a drawing for a State Park Gift Card March 24.
The event is free. However, a $5 vehicle park-entry fee will be required for those without an annual permit, which are for sale at the park office for $25 and apply to all state parks.
For more information, call the park office at (763) 878-2325, or visit its website at www.mnstateparks.info. Lake Maria is located approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake and 10 miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111.