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There is almost nothing in life so sweet as pure maple sugar – that is, if we’re speaking literally.

And did you know that Northeast Ohio has rich glacier deposits from the Ice Age, giving it the perfect growing conditions for the sugar maple tree? No wonder we hear so much about maple sugaring this time of year!

If you’ve never seen the process in person, bring the family out this spring to one of FREE
Sap's-a-Risin'! events on Sundays, March 5 and 12, noon to 4 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation in Middlefield.

Sap collection methods have evolved over the years, but the way trees produce the sweet stuff, and the way we boil it, are as traditional as can be. Our event gives you the complete picture: gathering sap in the sugarbush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled, sugar house tours, samples of the sweet stuff, live string band music and maple treats in the lodge.

Have you ever noticed a bird with a little band on its leg?
Do you know why it's there? Watch this video, starring
Chief Naturalist John Kolar and Naturalist Tami Gingrich,
to learn all about the process - how it's done, why it's done,
and whether it hurts the birds at all WHEN it's done!

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"Eyes to the Sky: The Art of Astronomy" Community Art Exhibition February 12 - April 24


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Senior Day: Snowshoeing
Thursday, February 23, 10:30-11:45 AM
The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge
Discover the fun of snowshoeing in this seasonal senior program! Snowshoes and instruction provided for an enjoyable hike enjoying the splendor of winter.

Maple Town Tune Traders
Thursday, February 23, 7-10 PM
The West Woods, Oak Room A
Singers and musicians sign up for one of six 15-minute informal performance spots followed by jam session.

Supernova 1987a Turns 30
Friday, February 24, 7-8 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
30 years ago, Earth got its first glimpse of a tremendous explosion in a nearby galaxy.

-- program requires pre-registration

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