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Marvelous Maples

Five Rivers Guided Lesson

Marvelous Maples (March only)

Grades Pre-K - 3

This "hands-on" lesson, taught only in March, demonstrates the process of maple sugaring. Some basic concepts of forestry and tree identification are covered. Students see and participate in the entire sugaring process from sap to syrup, and taste the sweet result. The lesson encourages an appreciation of forest resources and an understanding of how people depend on, and affect, the natural environment.

Students use all five senses during this lesson: they watch the crystal-clear sap drip from the tapped trees, and smell the sap boiling in the evaporator. They use their hands to twirl a drill and pound a spile. They listen to stories about how sugaring is done today. And, of course, taste buds are used to sample maple syrup!

Marvelous Maples has a different format than other lessons. It is 50 minutes long. Lessons may be scheduled for 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 or 12:30 Tuesday - Friday. Lessons are taught completely outdoors unless the weather is inclement. In this event, some of the lesson may be taught indoors, but students will still go outdoors to inspect the trees and tour the evaporator.

To provide the most effective learning experience, we divide large classes into smaller groups. The maximum field party size allowed is 12 students. There must be at least one adult (teacher or chaperone) provided by the school for each field party of 12 students; two adults per field party are recommended.

Fee Schedule

A fee is charged to cover the cost of running the program. Please note that you are responsible to pay for the number of students originally scheduled, even if some are absent. The fee for the lesson is $2.00 per scheduled student (no charge for chaperones). There is a $20 minimum. Reimbursement is available through BOCES Arts in Education and Exploratory Enrichment Programs. Payment is due upon arrival unless prior arrangements are made through BOCES or school district purchase order.

For More Information

If you would like more information please contact Five Rivers at (518) 475-0291 or e-mail Friends of Five Rivers at

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