Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition, will be starting soon! Each year Flanders taps and collects sap from dozens of trees both at their nature center and around Woodbury. Tree tapping day, weather permitting, is scheduled for Saturday, January 28. No experience is needed and all ages and families are welcome to come to help out. For the purposes of coordination they are requesting that those planning on coming that day to also preregister. Tree tappper volunteers will meet at the Flanders Sugar House at 9:30 AM. It is located at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury. These events are free and open to the public.
Tapping the trees is just the start of the busy maple season for Flanders! Volunteers are needed also to collect sap, and help out at maple sugaring activities like syrup making demonstrations, and a pancake breakfast where Flanders syrup will be served!
To register for the information session and/or tapping day please call 203-263-3711 Ext. 10. If you are unable to attend either session but are interested in volunteering during the season then call and they will be happy to match your interests to the volunteer opportunities.
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental education, and on the acquisition, conservation, and stewardship of open space. Through its land trust initiatives, Flanders actively works to protect important natural sites and the area’s landscape character and quality of life. Flanders manages over 2,100 acres of preserved land in Woodbury and neighboring towns. Educational programs for children and adults are offered at the Van Vleck Farm Sanctuary, Flanders’ main campus in Woodbury. Trails at its major nature preserves are open to the public at no charge from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 203-263-3711 or go to www.flandersnaturecenter.org.