Sundays, March 4, 11 & 18 • Noon to 4 PM • Swine Creek Reservation
Tapping trees and celebrating the cooking-down of real maple syrup is a tradition with firm roots in Geauga County. But what about celebrating the Nature that creates the sap to make the syrup? For 32 years, Geauga Park District has provided this perspective with a variety of FREE activities hosted in its 32-acre sugarbush:
- On-the-hour naturalist-led visits to the sugarbush, where you can collect buckets from the trees and spill the sweet stuff into a horse-drawn sap sled for cooking
- Tours of the sugar house and boiling process, with samples of the fresh syrup recently cooked
- Interactive stations about maple sugaring through history with costumed interpreters
- Free maple treats, a large crackling fireplace and live music at the lodge (Oak Island Skunk Jumpers on March 4, The Mr. Haney String Band on March 11, The Real Deal String Band on March 18)
Swine Creek is also a featured stop on two drive-it-yourself tours on March 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour maps with complete lists of participating sugar houses are available from the Ohio Maple Producers’ Northeast Ohio Maple Madness Tour and the Maple Producers of Northeast Ohio’s Maple Tour of Northeast Ohio.