Taconic Outdoor Education Cener

Cold Spring, N.Y. (Feb. 7, 2017) - Syrup production, a cross cut saw demonstration and a tasty pancake breakfast will sweeten many people's Sunday morning as the 24th Annual Maple Sunday celebration returns to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC). Attendees can stop by anytime on Sunday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for children ages 5 to 12; Free for ages 4 and under. TOEC is located within Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park at 75 Mountain Laurel Lane in Cold Spring, N.Y.

Throughout the day, educators will demonstrate both traditional and modern methods of collecting and boiling sap from sugar maple trees. Taste testers are welcome to try samples. A cross cut saw demonstration will allow event attendees to take part in a traditional method of wood cutting. Those who feel like taking a break from the day's activities can step inside the lodge at TOEC and enjoy a breakfast buffet complimented with pure maple syrup produced on-site. A special "Sugar on Snow Party" will occur, a long standing tradition where maple sap is poured on snow and served like a candy, along with donuts and pickles. Bottles of TOEC's Hudson Valley Maple Farm syrup will also be available for sale.

For more information, please contact John at (845) 265-3773.

The Hudson Valley Maple Farm, located at TOEC, has been producing pure maple syrup products since 1988. The farm's goal is to preserve the tradition of maple sugaring while encouraging positive experiences outdoors through class trips and the annual Maple Sunday event.

TOEC is a nature and outdoor education center, providing programming for schools, groups and the general public throughout the year. It is located in Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, between Rt. 9 and the Taconic State Parkway, off Rt. 301. For directions and information about TOEC, visit http://nysparks.com/environment/nature-centers/3/details.aspx. TOEC is part of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Taconic Region, which operates 15 state parks and six historic sites in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Columbia Counties.   


John Stowell | Taconic Outdoor Education Center

John.Stowell@parks.ny.gov | (845) 265-3773


Chris Steber | NYS Parks Taconic Region

Christopher.Steber@parks.ny.gov | (845) 889-3880