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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE:Warm up with an early taste of spring atIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with the activities of maple sugaring from10:00 am –4:00 pmon the weekends ofMarch 7 &8andMarch 14 &15, 2015. Join in for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring in dune country.
See how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and learn how the early settlers used large iron kettles to make syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Try your hand at drilling a tap hole, lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoying a free taste of pure maple syrup! Admission for all activities is free.
Over the past 400 years, pure maple sugar and syrup have played different roles in the lives of dune's residents. This difference is as much a result of our changing relationship to our natural resources as it is a change in technology. Take a one hour ranger-led tour down the farm trail to learn more about this part of our shared heritage. Along the way, help the kids complete a junior ranger activity sheet so they can earn a free Junior Ranger sticker. Then warm up in the farm house and collect recipes featuring maple syrup. Pure maple syrup and sugar, and related products, will be for sale on site.
Maple Sugar Time takes place at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in the central portion of the national lakeshore. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisitor contact the park's information desk at 219-395-1882.