January – March
What is sap and why is it in the tree? Can you tap any tree to make syrup? Find out as you accompany farmers into the sugarbush to tap trees, collect sap, and learn about the different modern and historic sugaring methods used in the woods. At the sugar shack, see a working evaporator and learn how the final steps in the process have changed in the last century.
Farmers will lead students on a brief walk between the sugar bush and the barnyard, while teaching ways to identify different species of trees. In the barnyard, cut and split the firewood needed to boil sap into syrup – and visit the farm animals that help keep the farm running through the winter. Finally, walk through the farmhouse kitchen and see pancakes being made with flour ground from wheat grown right on the farm...and take one with you to taste with syrup you helped make.
Students will participate in the maple sugaring process in order to understand:
Next Generation Science Standards: LS1.A Structure and Function | LS1.C Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms | LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems | PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer | PS3.D Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life
NJ Science Standards: 5.1A Understand Scientific Explanations | 5.1B Generate Scientific Evidence Through Active Investigations | 5.2B Changes in Matter | 5.2E Forces and Motion | 5.3B Matter and Energy Transformations
NJ Social Studies Standards: 6.1B Geography, People and the Environment | 6.1C Economics, Innovation and Technology | 6.1D History, Culture and Perspectives
Cost & Scheduling
– $10 per person for children ages 1+ and adults (including parents & teachers)