PENFIELD — March is Maple Sugaring Season at Parker Dam Sate Park and people can come learn how real maple syrup is made.

Several upgrades to the park’s Sugar Shack have been completed in recent years, so if you haven’t been out in a while, come see the changes.

A few lucky participants will get to tap a maple tree, gather in the sap, and help out. Free taste samples of pure maple syrup will be available for all visitors.

Programs will be held at 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout March, except March 31 (no program). Come discover the tradition.

Meet at the park’s Sugar Shack, near Pavilion 7, just past the Cabin Road. Schools and organized groups may schedule a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday Maple Sugaring program (March only) by calling (814) 765-0630, or e-mailing the park’s Environmental Education Specialist at:

Schools can also inquire about the park’s Maple Sugaring Distance Learning program, where student groups can learn about maple sugaring from their classroom if they are unable to visit the park.

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