Title: Explore the Science of Maple Syrup Production at RMSC Cumming Nature Center 36th Annual Maple Sugaring
Location: 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY 14512
Date/Time: 9am-3pm Saturdays and Sundays, March 22, 23, 29 and 30
Admission: Various—see below
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Media Contact: Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs
Explore the Science of Maple Syrup Production at RMSC Cumming Nature Center 36th Annual Maple Sugaring
ROCHESTER, NY—A springtime tradition for many Western New York families, Maple Sugaring Weekends returns for a 36th season at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Cumming Nature Center (CNC). Visitors explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. Maple Sugaring, a volunteer driven event, takes place Saturdays and Sundays, March 22, 23, 29 and 30.
At Maple Sugaring, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Sugaring demonstrations take place from 10am-2pm. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. Pancake meals are served from 9am-1pm. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage.
Pancake Meal Cost:
Adult meal (5 pancakes + 2 sausages): $10; RMSC members $9
Child meal (3 pancakes + 1 sausage): $8; RMSC members $7
Program admission without the pancake meal is $3 per person ($10 per family).
"Our volunteers play a vital role in making our Maple Sugaring event a success year after year," said Dave Gotham, Director, CNC. "Their efforts and expertise create an ideal environment for community members to learn about the science and history of this process and make memories at the same time."
Dave Gotham serves as the sugar maker (the expert who turns the sap into pure maple syrup), and has been since the Cumming Nature Center's sugaring program began in March of 1979. Sugaring processes are demonstrated through tactics used by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), 1790s pioneers, as well as modern sugaring operations.
Volunteers for the event handle everything from parking logistics to pancake meal preparation. For the past several years, students from local colleges and high schools as well as adult volunteers have acted as program interpreters along the trail to the sugarhouse. To prepare, they spend a day at the CNC learning maple sugaring lore, from how a tree makes sap to the different processing techniques of Native Americans, early pioneers, and today's modern sugar bush managers. Over the course of two weekends, 25–30 volunteers can explain such things as what part of the tree contains sap, how to tap a tree, and how much sap (40 gallons!) is required to produce one gallon of syrup.
In addition, a new exhibit will be on display in the CNC Hurst Gallery during Maple Sugaring. Marsh Madness: Wonders of Wetlands is open to the public now through May 4. An array of work created by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) demonstrates that the principle task of the science illustrator is to prepare accurate renderings of scientific subjects. This exhibit includes a sampling of paintings and photographs of the artists' favorite wetland species and habitats.
Maple Sugaring is the CNC's major annual fundraising event. Maple Sugaring helps maintain CNC operations.
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Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester's past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.