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2013 Maple Sirup Programs & Field Trips

It’s coming soon! The time of year when buckets decorate the sugar maples throughout Funks Grove. Sugar Grove Nature Center is pleased to offer the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience to students throughout central Illinois and share this important part of Funks Grove Heritage.

School Field Trips

Sugar Grove Nature Center is pleased to continue offering the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience for classes throughout central Illinois and invites your school to take part in this unique educational experience. The program provides a special opportunity for students to actively engage in the production of maple sirup as they explore its history from pre-settlement to current day through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Every student will have the opportunity to tap a sugar maple tree and take home a small bottle of Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup.

Due to the seasonality of this topic, there are a limited number of days available to offer this program. And, we do realize the maple sirup time coincides with state testing. Please be certain of your decision to participate before submitting the registration form and fees. Days will be reserved in the order that requests are received. Currently, available dates are February 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, or March 7 & 8. If you have questions, do not hesitate to call 309.874.2174 or email angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org. We will send a packet containing details to assist you in preparing for your visit and confirming your date. All forms and fees must be received by February 10, 2013.

We are confident that your decision to be a part of the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience will be a memorable and rewarding educational experience. We look forward to your participation.


Download a School Field Trip Registration Form (PDF)

 

Family

Homeschool Maple Sirup
Tuesday, March 5 OR Wednesday, March 6 - (Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th are full and closed for registration. Thank you for your support and interest! )
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sugar Grove Nature Center is pleased to continue offering the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience for homeschooling families and invites you to take part in this unique educational experience. The program provides a special opportunity for students to actively engage in the production of maple sirup as they explore its history from pre-settlement to current day through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Every student will have the opportunity to tap a sugar maple tree and take home a small bottle of Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup.

Due to the seasonality of this topic, there are a limited number of days available to offer this program. Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th have been reserved for homeschooled students. The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. To participate in this special event, please submit the registration form and fees by February 15, 2013. Upon receipt of your registration we will send confirmation and further details. If you have questions, do not hesitate to email info@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or call 309.874.2174.

We are confident that your decision to be a part of the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience will be a memorable and rewarding educational experience. We look forward to your participation.

 

Download a Homeschool Maple Sirup Registration Form (PDF)

 


Maple Sirup Experience Tours
Saturday, March 2, 2013
2-1/2 Hour tours begin at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.
(ALL TOURS ARE FULL AND CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION; Thanks for your interest and support!)

It’s the time of year when buckets decorate the sugar maples throughout Funks Grove. Have you ever tasted ‘sweet water’ dripping from a spile? Here’s your chance! Join us for the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience at Sugar Grove Nature Center on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.

Gather around the fire at the sirup camp to learn how the Native Americans and early settlers collected and prepared sap. Visit the sugar shack where the smell of maple sirup hangs in the air. Journey into the sugarbush to tap a tree. Stop inside the Nature Center to sample a variety of sweet treats made with maple sirup including candy, cookies, veggies, fudge, and more!

Tours last approximately 2½ hours and begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Tour size is limited and registration is required. Registration forms are available below or upon request at 309.874.2174 or register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org. Dress for the weather, as you will be outside for a major portion of the program.

This program is suitable for adults, children, and other interested groups.

Fee: Members: $5/adult, $3/child; Non-Members: $7/adult, $5/child.

2013 Maple Sirup Recipes

Experience an important part of Funks Grove Heritage!

 

Download a Maple Sirup Experience Tours Registration Form (PDF)

 

Preschoolers

Little Tappers
Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. OR
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

This program is designed especially for children 3-5 years with an adult chaperone. Wsongs and make a craft while learning how to make maple sirup and listen to a fabulous sirup storyThen, each child will get a turn at tree tapping and taste the real thing!
Fee: $5/child members, $8/child non-members; adult chaperone & registration required.

Download a Registration Form. Call 309.874.2174 or email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org for information.

 

Scouts

Sirup for Scouts!
Saturday, February 23
9:30 a.m.- Noon OR 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Attention Boy and Girl Scout leaders!  Your troop is invited to join in on the maple sirup fun!  Scouts will learn how sap from the maple tree becomes sirup, and take part in the process from tree tapping to tasting!  When registering, be sure to gather participant numbers for your entire troop so that no one is left out of this experience!  Note: in order to accommodate as many scouts as possible, we request that the number of adults in attendance is no more that one adult per five scouts, and no siblings, please.  If you’d like to attend as a family, consider the Maple Sirup Experience Tours on March 2.

Fee: $7/scout, $2/leaders; registration & prepayment required.  Forms are available below and by request at register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or 309.874.2174. 


Download a Sirup For Scouts! Registration Form (PDF)

 

Your Group or Organization

Don't Miss Out!! Call 309.874.2174 or email jill@sugargrovenaturecenter.org to learn how to arrange a Maple Sirup program especially for your preschool, group, or other organization!

Purchasing Maple Sirup

Maple sirup, handmade maple candies, and other related items will be available for purchase at Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, located 1/4 mile south of Funks Grove Road on Route 66. Call 309.874.3360 after late February for availability. Please visit Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup's website at http://www.funkspuremaplesirup.com/.

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