Explore sugaring season at the Nature Museum

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Learn about maple sugaring at the Nature Museum. Photo provided.

GRAFTON, Vt. – Do you like maple syrup on pancakes, waffles, French toast, or even in your coffee? Families are invited to dig into the sticky, sweet science behind maple syrup.

Indulge your sweet tooth while putting on your thinking cap with two family-friendly programs at the Nature Museum this March. Sticky, sweet maple syrup is a treasured Vermont treat, but many of us don’t know the science behind this delicious liquid, made from the sap of sugar, red, and black maple trees. At the Nature Museum, you’ll become a maple syrup expert – while enjoying taste after taste of delicious local syrups.

Kindred Spirits Marvelous Maple Syrup: the Journey From Start to Finish is an all-ages adventure on Saturday, March 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This family-friendly program will answer questions like where does maple syrup come from? How is it made, and why is it collected this time of year?

We’ll follow the life cycle of a jug of maple syrup: from tree, to sugar house, to a steaming plate of waffles! This program includes hands-on learning and opportunities to taste locally made maple syrup. Admission to Kindred Spirits is by donation.

Families are invited for a full day of fun. Begin your morning with Marvelous Maple Syrup, enjoy a packed lunch, and explore the exhibits of the museum, and stay for a live reading at 1 p.m. of “Salamander Sky,” a new children’s book by Vermont author Katy Farber.

“Salamander Sky” uses colorful watercolor paintings to tell the story of one girl, her mother, and their mission to help spotted salamanders. The Nature Museum will be open until 4 p.m., and families are welcome to spend a full day here exploring and having fun.

Mighty Acorns Club presents Magic Maple Syrup, an interactive program for kids ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers on Friday, March 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. We will taste local maple syrup, go on a hike to find maple trees, and make our own sugar shack crafts to take home!

This club for preschoolers meets every month at the museum and explores the outdoors on a variety of adventures to field, forest, and pond throughout the 90-minute hands-on program.

Children should be dressed for spending some of this time outside. Snowshoes are available for kids to borrow. Mighty Acorns Club registration can be made in advance at www.nature-museum.org or over the phone at 802-843-2111. Drop-ins are also welcome. Caregivers are always free.

Located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton, Vt., the Nature Museum is a non-profit museum offering hands-on nature exhibits, interactive programs for adults and children, and an annual Fairy House Festival.

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