Maple Syrup Field Trip

We went to the Rockwood Reservation today – it’s part of the Missouri Conservation Department.


We were there for a homeschool program about Maple Syrup!

But of course we had to explore the Wild first. 😊

First there was rock collecting!



Then there was hillside climbing.


 

Finally- the field was starting!

The first station we visited described how the sap was tapped from sugar maple trees.


* A hole is drilled 2 inches into the tree’s trunk and a spout is hammered in. Then a bucket is hung on the tree to catch the dripping sap.

* Sap is collected for about 6-8 weeks at the end of winter.

* The best temperatures for collecting sap is when the night is below freezing with the following day having  warm temperatures.

The tour guide gave everyone a taste of sap using a syringe and feeding the kids like birds!

(Sap tastes mostly like water with a hint of sweetness!)


The second station we visited was called Three Kettles.


This station described how Native Americans and pioneers boiled down sap to make maple syrup and maple sugar.

* It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!
* Maple sugar was used in the olden days because it kept longer and was transported easily.


The final station was the most delicious!

It was called the Sugar Shack – a more modern way to transform sap into sugar is a brick kiln or outdoor oven.


* So much water is boiled off that if you tried to do the whole process inside, wallpaper would peel and walls would mold – yuck!

* When the syrup is almost finished, it is boiled inside on a stove where the temperature can be controlled.

The best part of the field trip – was when snow candy was made!


Boiling syrup was poured into the snow and swirled with a toothpick to make a delicious sucker!


Naturally- I asked the kids to write about our maple syrup experience… They did a great job 😊


(Writing is more fun and natural when it involves things that are personal.)

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6 Comments

  1. Looks like you all had a great time. I used to tap our trees and make syrup…it’s always best straight from the source. Great Blog…Keep up the good work. You are being Heard!

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    • Thank you 😊
      The kids totally want to tap our tree in the back now! 🌳

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  2. What a fun field trip! I love homeschooling field trips 😊

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  3. We did snow candy recently! Ours didn’t turn out so well 🙂 but our 2nd try was a little better!

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    • We are going to try to make some ourselves today… Any words of advice?

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      • Add brown sugar. We did it first as they did in the Little House books. When it didn’t work I ended up looking up the recipe online and saw that we needed to add brown sugar-worked slightly better that way:)

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