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Fenner Nature Center's Maple Syrup Festival

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Published: Mar 8, 2018

Celebrating Liquid Gold at Lansing's Fenner Nature Center

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Fenner Nature Center is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with pots of gold. Visitors will have the chance to stir glistening caldrons full of—you guessed it—maple syrup. The annual Maple Syrup Festival will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Fenner Nature Center from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Credit Union is proud to continue a partnership with Fenner Nature Center to strengthen the connection between nature and the community.


The annual festival celebrates the cultural and historical roots of maple syrup making. According to one amongst various legends, an Iroquois woman discovered maple syrup. The snow was just beginning to melt in present day New York when her husband, Chief Woksis, was preparing to hunt. When he removed his tomahawk from the trunk of nearby tree, his wife noticed that amber sap began to flow from its trunk. She mistook the sap for water and used it to prepare their evening meal. The food was surprisingly sweet and marked the beginning of a golden tradition.


Today, the sweet treat is almost exclusively produced in North America. Maple syrup is made from the sap that flows from maple trees between the late winter and early spring. For that reason, not all maple trees can be used to harvest sap. Only the northern states and providences of the East Coast meet the necessary climate conditions to produce usable, sweet sap. Together, Canada and the United States ship 90.1% of the global total.


At the festival, visitors are immersed in the art of making maple syrup. Learn how experts tap maple trees and turn sap into syrup and maple crème, through a variety of demonstrations. People of all ages will enjoy hands-on activities, including balancing a yolk lift and sampling sweet treats. To support Fenner Conservancy, the managing body for Fenner Nature Center, visitors may purchase tickets for “Flapjacks for Fenner.” This $8 breakfast fundraiser will provide you with all-you-can-eat pancakes with a side of sausage, a glass of orange juice, and a cup of coffee.


The Credit Union is pleased to continue to support Fenner Nature Center by sponsoring the Maple Syrup Festival. As a leading financial institution, the Credit Union embraces the role of a community leader and invests in the community to help create a place where people are proud to live and work. To learn more about Fenner Nature Center, please click here.