Maple syrup activities on tap at UM-D

Photo courtesy of University of Michigan-Dearborn

Photo courtesy of University of Michigan-Dearborn

Students collect sap from the campus’s maple trees during last year’s maple syrup season.

DEARBORN — It’s maple syrup season for the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Natural Areas, and the Environmental Interpretive Center is hosting related activities in the campus’s sugar bush.

The EIC will host a “Makin’ Maple Syrup” public tour from 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 6. Those who register for the tour by calling (313) 583-6371 will stroll with a naturalist to explore the process of making maple syrup.

Once the sap begins to run from the trees, individuals and organized groups will be needed to collect sap every day during the three or so weeks it flows, usually between Feb. 27 and March 27. Participants meet at 4 p.m. at the EIC and are in the field collecting sap for about two hours.

Group size is limited to 25 people, including adults. Participants must be at least 7 years old.

To register, contact Rick Simek at (313) 583-6371.