Maple Syrup Fest celebrates Wisconsin tradition

Maple Syrup Fest celebrates Wisconsin tradition

Maple Syrup Fest attendees got a closer look Sunday at the history and science behind sap collection.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center hosted the event, teaching community members how to collect sap the old-fashioned way, using hand drills. The nature center shared the Native American legend behind maple sap collection and offered plenty of taste-testing.

“We have a long, proud history of maple syruping in Wisconsin, and the sugar maple is our state tree,” said Cara Erickson, of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. “It’s important to carry these traditions forward.”

Wisconsin is the No. 4 maple syrup producer in the country.

Maple syrup flows best right before spring when cold nights turn to warm days, causing a change in pressure in the tree. The sap is collected and boiled down to create syrup.

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