Maple Sugaring 101 is a 3-week program open to youth ages 12 and up who are interested in learning about the entire maple sugaring process and who live in Somerset, Piscataquis, Penobscot and Waldo counties. Participants will learn about forest management, tapping trees, transporting sap, using an evaporator, grading and storing syrup and operating a maple sugaring business.
Online, 6 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:
Maple sugaring is very weather dependent. However, these dates are likely to be suitable for maple sugaring activities in many parts of the state.
Feb. 25, at local sugar houses in each county
March 4, at University of Maine’s Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House in Old Town
March 11, at the local county Extension office or other location suitable for creating value-added products (TBD)
Each week, participants will learn about the process and connect with other young maple sugar makers through online meetings and in-person workshops led by Extension and University of Maine experts.
Registration is required, but there is no cost. For more information or to register, contact your county office:
Penobscot or Piscataquis County: Sheila Norman, firstname.lastname@example.org; 207.942.7396 or 207.564.3301.
Somerset County: Karen Giles, email@example.com; 207.474.9622.
Waldo County: Sadee Mehuren, firstname.lastname@example.org; 207.342.5971
General questions about the program can be directed to Andrew Hudacs, email@example.com; 207.581.8204.