I am often asked, “What is your favorite season at the Arboretum?” It’s not actually during the glow of fall or the rainbow of spring blooms, but during the frost of maple syrup season — for that is when Homo sapiens begin to migrate to The Arboretum in large numbers for another year! While I enjoy the calm of winter as a time to get some writing and planning accomplished, nothing beats the camaraderie of a group of people venturing out in search of a cure for cabin fever. Their diversity is fascinating. They nest in rural, suburban and urban areas, from Zanesville, Westerville, Columbus and beyond. Some of their offspring are home schooled, some preschooled, others scout trained or youth group-oriented. A bit of sunshine atop bright snow seems to draw them in great numbers. As does that universal food that is a staple of maple trees and a craving of humans — sugar!
Join us at the Main Shelter for the mass migration onto the maple syrup trail! Maple Syrup Madness runs from March 1st through the 16th.
It’s here, that time of year when the sugar maples are tapped and visitors indulge in the sugary goodness of maple syrup! Discover how sap is collected and processed to produce this scrumptious treat on the self-guided trail. End your journey at the Log Cabin where sap is boiled down and all are given a delicious sample of homemade syrup.
Travel back in time on this guided tour as the fascinating history of maple syrup production is revealed. A warm fire, lots of sweet smelling steam, and samples of syrup await visitors at the journey’s end. Groups can book tours through the Education Department, call to set up a tour today!
Beth Spieles, Interpretive Educator