Maple Forest Adventures...

It's difficult not to explore sugaring time when Forest Day turns into a discovery of blue pails and hoses running through the woods!

Finding buckets and hoses...."What are they!' Children call out as the run through the woods.

Finding buckets and hoses...."What are they!' Children call out as the run through the woods.

Once children found out that the buckets were collecting the sweet sap from the maple tree, they pleaded to be lifted up to see inside of them.  They quickly put little fingers under the drip, drip, drip of the sweet sap that dripped from the spout.   "mmm..." they sighed.  Others ran to find where the hoses led them.  

Hoses leading to the giant trough of sap and then it will be poured into....

Hoses leading to the giant trough of sap and then it will be poured into....

The Evaporator!

The Evaporator!

Our next visit to the woods I asked the children if they would be interested in helping to gather twigs for the fire that would burn under the evaporator and turn the maple sap into maple syrup!   

I had a handful of very dedicated helpers.

I had a handful of very dedicated helpers.

In just a short time we had filled the tarp with twigs.

In just a short time we had filled the tarp with twigs.

Delivering twig offerings to the evaporator for our friends (or Dad for some!) C & R to find.

Delivering twig offerings to the evaporator for our friends (or Dad for some!) C & R to find.

Tasting maple sap, palate cleansing....

Tasting maple sap, palate cleansing....

Our day ended with children taste testing maple sap and a story.  Some loved the maple sap and insisted, "it's better then maple syrup and french toast!"   Others were not fans and felt they might need to cleanse their palate with a maple leaf

and story time!

and story time!

After our taste testing children gathered to hear the story....Gluskabe Changes Maple Syrup.  An Abenaki legend about how Gluskabe helps his village appreciate the coming of maple syrup.   After our story we headed back to our school on a most delightful "spring like" day!  I'm now posting this blog entry just two days after...almost 30 degrees colder and 2 inches of snow!   What will our next Forest Day bring?