Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

The sap is flowing and the fire is roaring in the Sugar Shack; that means it’s time to enjoy nature’s sweet treat. Saturday, March 1st from 8:00am-4:00pm is Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie! This early spring day at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) offers guided tours through history and science as we learn the process of turning sap into syrup. After our tour through the woods, we’ll visit the Sugar Shack, where you can warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the Log House and Blacksmith Shop where you can visit with our 200-year-old pioneers and discuss 18th century life. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop will be full of maple goodies for your sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee and of course pure Ohio Maple Syrup! Breakfast will be Saturday March 1st, from 8:00am-12:00pm. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available for only $5 at the door on the day of the breakfast.

If you have any questions about this or other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org

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