Cornwall, N.Y. - Maple Sugaring Season is once again upon us and the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is ready! Join the Museum to celebrate the opening of Maple Sugaring Season with A Sugaring Off Celebration on Saturday, March 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and help kick off a month of Maple Sugar Tours. Tours will be led by Environmental Educators and take place at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. On opening day, visitors can experience expanded maple festivities along with their tour and taste test, including a tree tapping demonstration, special crafts and games, Native American story telling around a camp fire, birch syrup tasting, and Journey Cakes sampling. In addition, be the first to see our brand new Sugar Shack!

Maple Sugar Tours will continue throughout the month on Saturdays and Sundays, March 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 where two types of Tours will be offered. Sugar Bush Tours: 11am, 1pm & 2pm; a one mile moderate hike through field and forest to the original Sugar Shack (terrain and weather conditions dependent) Maple Lane Tours: 12pm & 3pm; perfect for little legs, a short walk from the farmhouse to our NEW Sugar Shack after a tour of the sugar maple stand.

Tour size is limited so visitors are encouraged to sign-up for their tour as soon as they arrive. They can visit our new pop-up exhibit that will explore the basic tools and vocabulary you'll encounter on our tour. This temporary exhibition is interactive and great for kids. On the tours, visitors will learn the history of one of New York's best loved treats and important industries in the state. They will also learn how to tap a maple tree, how to collect the sap and how the sap boils down in an evaporator to become maple syrup. "It takes 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of maple syrup," said Environmental Educator Megan Hoffman.

On the final stop of the tour, visit the Museum's farmhouse for the "taste test challenge." The Nature Shop will also be open where local maple syrup and other gifts are available for purchase. For all tours, visitors are asked to dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear for snow and mud. Admission - Museum Members: $8/Adults, $6/Children ages 3-17. Not-yet-Members: $10/Adults, $8/Children ages 3-17. For more information, call 845-534-5506, ext. 204 or visit www.hhnm.org.

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The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum once again offers its popular Maple Sugar Tours every Saturday and Sunday in March (4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26) beginning with an Opening Day Celebration Saturday, March 4th. Photo by George Potanovic, Jr.

For additional information contact:
Joanna Reisner, Marketing Assistant
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
845-534-5506, ext. 212