It doesn’t get any fresher than this! On Saturday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. commemorate the Quadricentennial and the opening day of Maple Sugaring during the Maple Sugar Festival at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, entrance temporarily open on 20 Kenridge Farm Drive off Route 9W South, Cornwall. Come for a day of crafts, games, special Native American programs, food, and Maple Sugar Tours every half-hour. (In conjunction with the Festival the Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, will be hosting two “Meet the Animals” at 1 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m.) Come learn about the fascinating development of Maple Sugaring through 400 years of New York State history. What began as an exchange of ideas and practices between early explorers and Native Americans has become one of our best loved treats and an important industry in our state. These award winning Maple Sugar Tours are also open on Saturdays and Sundays February 21 through March 22. Tours start every half hour and run from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The tour experience includes a 45-minute outdoor walk for up to 20 visitors per group guided by the education staff of the museum. Visitors will learn: the history, how to tap a maple tree, how to collect the sap, and how the sap boils down in an evaporator to become maple syrup. Tours end at the Museum’s farmhouse for the syrup taste challenge, where maple syrup and gifts can be purchased. Visitors are asked to be sure to dress warmly and wear boots for snow or mud. Education Coordinator, Judy Onufer, comments, “Sap is collected at a time when some snow remains on the ground, it is muddy, and cold rain is common. Yet, those of us who are involved in maple sugaring love this time of year. The wildlife is active, the air is fresh, and the exercise feels great! So, please join us as we walk through field and forest for this exhilarating program. Each tour is offered for only 20 participants and they fill up – so come by soon.” “This is a wonderful outdoor activity for adults with or without children, and children aged five and up, so come and join the fun!” Maple Sugaring takes place at the Outdoor Discovery Center, entrance temporarily open on 20 Kenridge Farm Drive, Route 9W South in Cornwall. Admission $7. Museum Members $5. For more information, call (845) 534-5506 ext. 204. For directions and information visit the museum’s website at
Photo Caption: Tapping the Maple Tree at the Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center. For further information contact: Marian Goldin, Marketing Associate Hudson Highlands Nature Museum 845-534-5506 ext. 215