Maple Syrup Field Trip
We went to the Rockwood Reservation today – it’s part of the Missouri Conservation Department.
But of course we had to explore the Wild first. 😊
First there was rock collecting!
Finally- the field was starting!
The first station we visited described how the sap was tapped from sugar maple trees.
* 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!)
* 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.
It was called the Sugar Shack – a more modern way to transform sap into sugar is a brick kiln or outdoor oven.
* 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!