bottles of maple syrup

Maple sugaring (making maple syrup) at home offers many learning opportunities.  Here are my favorite ...

1. SCIENCE - Learn about the different types of trees.  Explore the concept of evaporation.  Use a thermometer and learn about temperatures and boiling points.

2. HISTORY - Native American Indians taught early settlers about maple syrup production.  In early America, processed maple sap was a main source of concentrated sugar, in both liquid and solid form.

3. MATH - On average, it takes 10 gallons of sap to make 1 quart of syrup.  That is a 40-1 ratio.  This will vary depending upon the sugar content of your sap.

4. COOKING - Maple syrup is not just for pancakes.  It can be used in many recipes and can even be substituted for sugar.

5. PHOTOGRAPHY - A bucket hanging from your maple tree with the snow covered ground makes for a great picture. 

Happy Tapping!