###Photo Caption: Tasting Sap straight from the tree. Learn about Maple Sugaring at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Maple Sugar Festival and Tours. The festival is Saturday, February 20th and Tours run weekends through March beginning February 20th. (Photo by George Potanovic Jr. ) Contact: Marian Goldin, Marketing Associate Hudson Highlands Nature Museum 845-534-5506, ext. 215
Cornwall, N.Y. - Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is celebrating opening day of maple sugaring season with a Maple Sugar Festival. The Festival and Maple Sugar Tours take place at the Outdoor Discovery Center, entrance on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. At the Festival, join Museum Educators for crafts, games, tree tapping contests and Native American story telling by the fire. Come sample Journey Cakes and Jack Wax! Enjoy Maple Sugar Tours every half-hour beginning 10:30 a.m. Tour size is limited so sign up for your tour when you arrive. Food and maple products will be available for purchase. 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. 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. The tour experience lasts approximately 45-minutes and ends 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 and mud. This is a wonderful family outdoor activity. The Festival is open to the public. Admission for Tours: $10/Adults, $5/Children ages 3-11. Members: $6/Adults, $3/Children ages 3-11. For more information, call 845-534-5506, ext. 204. These award winning Maple Sugar Tours are also open on Saturdays and Sundays February 20 - March 21. Dates are: February 20 and 21, 27 and 28 March 6 and 7, 13 and 14, 20 and 21. Tours start every half-hour and run from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.