Maple Sugaring

Slide 1 identify Tree Identification: In order to get maple sap, you have to learn how to correctly identify trees. View Full Size
Slide 2 Measuring Classifying: Hug a tree! Reach around each tree to measure if it’s big enough for one bucket…or two. View Full Size
Slide 3 Drilling Tool Skills: An old-fashioned drill is fun to use and safe (It doesn’t hurt the tree.) View Full Size
Slide 4 Hammer Spile Gently tap in the spile (a metal spout that the sap will run through). View Full Size
Slide 5 Spile Dripping_B Spring magic: With the perfect combination of below-freezing nights and warm days, the sap starts to flow. View Full Size
Slide 6 Sweet Music Hang a bucket to catch the sap. Can you hear that sweet dripping music? View Full Size
Slide 7 Collecting sap Time for teamwork: Everyone helps to collect the sap and haul it to the evaporator. View Full Size
Slide 8 Evaporator The science of evaporation: Collecting the sap is only half the story. Did you know that the sap-to-syrup ratio is 40:1? Teacher Evan explains the process of evaporation which will concentrate the sugar content, turning it into syrup! View Full Size
Slide 9 Syrup The finished syrup will be enjoyed by kids, parents, and neighbors at a festival later in the spring! View Full Size
Tree Identification: In order to get maple sap, you have to learn how to correctly identify trees.
Classifying: Hug a tree! Reach around each tree to measure if it’s big enough for one bucket…or two.
Tool Skills: An old-fashioned drill is fun to use and safe (It doesn’t hurt the tree.)
Gently tap in the spile (a metal spout that the sap will run through).
Spring magic: With the perfect combination of below-freezing nights and warm days, the sap starts to flow.
Hang a bucket to catch the sap. Can you hear that sweet dripping music?
Time for teamwork: Everyone helps to collect the sap and haul it to the evaporator.
The science of evaporation: Collecting the sap is only half the story. Did you know that the sap-to-syrup ratio is 40:1? Teacher Evan explains the process of evaporation which will concentrate the sugar content, turning it into syrup!
The finished syrup will be enjoyed by kids, parents, and neighbors at a festival later in the spring!

At the Randolph school in Wappingers Falls, NY, children from preschool age through fifth grade participate in the annual ritual of Maple Sugaring, and absorb a large dose of science while doing it. Here is a peak at their sugaring science project in action!