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- Multiple Days: 03/03/2018, 03/04/2018, 03/10/2018, 03/11/2018 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Maple Sugar Time 2018 program. Join National Park Service rangers and volunteers at the historic Chellberg Farm from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the weekends of March 3 & 4, 2018 and March 10 &11, 2018 for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring.
Stop by the farm and take a self-guided tour to learn how maple tree sap has been used for hundreds of years. Park staff will be at each trail stop to help visitors see how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and how later, settlers used large iron kettles to make the sap into 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 or at using an old-fashioned yoke to carry heavy sap buckets. You can even enjoy a free taste of pure maple syrup and compare it to "artificially flavored" syrup. Admission is free for all activities. Pure maple syrup 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. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter, IN. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check out our park website at www.nps.gov/indu and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL.