A Sign of spring: first maple tree tapping

REEDSBURG, Wis. - Reedsburg fourth-graders tapped maple trees at the Hartje Outdoor Learning Center on Saturday to mark the official start of maple syrup month in Wisconsin.  

The ceremonious event was complete with a proclamation from Gov. Tony Evers, and the sap is flowing -- a sure sign of spring, which officially starts March 20. 

The students are involved with the process from sap to syrup as a part of a hands-on learning project through the outdoor learning center and their in-class curriculum. Assistant Principal and project coordinator Matt Peetz said students learn about history, science and marketing through the project. 

"My favorite part is when you have those moments where the kids are doing it themselves and they see some cool things happening, like tapping a tree and seeing the sap flow," Peetz said. 

The district was chosen to host the annual maple tapping event through a new relationship with the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association.

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