Adapted from an earlier post
By Peter Kurtz, Environmental Education Program Specialist
How it works
Here’s how to tap a tree:
- Find a healthy tree at least a foot in diameter.
- Drill a small, 7/16” hole about 3” into the trunk of the tree.
- Place a bucket under each tap to collect the sap.
It’s also easy to make maple syrup or sugar in your kitchen. But it takes some time to make a good amount. Five gallons of sap will boil down to one pint of syrup, or about one pound of sugar. Try it once, and you will understand why pure maple syrup is so expensive. If you’d like to try this at home, come to one of our maple sugaring programs to learn how!
You might also try making maple candy. Watch one of our demonstrations to learn how!
2020 maple sugaring events at Parks & Rec sites
Listed in chronological order
February 8, 2020
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to make maple syrup and sugar from the trees in your backyard. Indoor session followed by a short walk to tap maple trees.
Tabor Gateway, 744 East Tabor Rd. 19120
February 15, 2020
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In October, Tacony Creek Park neighbors joined with Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and BKLvisions to create a beautiful maple tree with leaves that express how they feel about trees, water, and nature. See the tree at the Maple Sugaring Festival, add more leaves, and learn about and enjoy delicious maple syrup! Rain/snow date: Saturday, February 22, same time & place.
February 22, 2020
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring the family to see how we make maple syrup and maple candy, and enjoy fun winter activities. Taste maple syrup!
February 29, 2020
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join us on Forbidden Drive (near Northwestern Ave.) for maple sugaring demonstrations, pancakes with real maple syrup, a taste test of different syrups, and freshly made maple candy to taste. Pennsylvania Maple Syrup products will be available for purchase. No registration is necessary for this free, all-ages event. This all-weather event is held outdoors.
March 7, 2020
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy maple tours, candy making, pancake tasting, maple product sales, crafts, storytelling, and winter-themed games. $3.00 per person.