Tupper Lake, N.Y. - Each weekend in March, join The Wild Center in celebrating all things maple! Tour the sugar shack, try the maple quest, taste some maple treats at the cafe, and special programming celebrate the maple sugaring season.

The month begins on Sunday, March 1st with special presentations at 10:30 am featuring an overview of The Wild Center's maple program and of maple sugaring in the Adirondacks. Don't forget to stop by and visit with an Adirondack Museum historian and check out some old school maple artifacts. The day also includes discounts in store, maple foods to try, a Maple Porter beer tasting, sugar shack tours, a Maple Quest for kids, animal encounters and a snowshoe hike.

This event is free for members and their guests, as well as for the Tupper Tappers who participate in The Wild Center's Maple Project. For others, the price of admission provides access to all the activities

On Saturday, March 21st for NYS Maple Weekend there will be Sugar house tours, family activities, maple specials at the cafe and tastings. Make some paper with the Peace Paper Project from 11am - 3pm. From 12pm-3pm taste some local beers with Raquette River Brewery.

Each weekend in March, the sugar shack will be up and running. Watch how the sweet sap of trees becomes the highlight of a pancake breakfast. Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Wild Center will be producing its own maple syrup with the help of the greater Tupper Lake community.

Those in Tupper Lake can join its Community Maple Project, led by The Wild Center and one of the first of its kind in the state. The Wild Center invites community members living within 5 miles of the museum, to tap maple trees in their yards and coordinate collection with a Wild Center representative on a daily basis during the sugaring season (once the sap begins to flow). Once returned to The Wild Center, the sap will be boiled down into maple syrup. Participating community members will receive 50% of the finished product (pure maple syrup) from the sap they provide. (Generally 40 gallons of sap = 1 gallon of maple syrup = ½ gallon of pure maple syrup to supplier.)

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For more information, please visit us online at www.wildcenter.org.

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Tracey A. Legat