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Registration Required: Tapping Trees to Make Syrup

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

February Nature & Art Program: Tapping Trees to Make Syrup with Dave Bendlin

Tapping Trees to Make Syrup. Did you know? Wisconsin is one of the largest producers of maple syrup in the United States! Syrup production takes place largely in the central and northern counties of the state, this is where native sugar maples are most common.

But — there are other trees that can be tapped to make syrup here in southern Wisconsin! The most common of these is the Box Elder Tree and the syrup that can be made from its sap has a delicious flavor which is comparable to maple syrup.

In this program, Dave Bendlin will guide you through the steps of tapping trees, collecting their sap and cooking the sap down into syrup.

We ask you to bring a 1 gallon plastic milk or water jug (no juice containers please). You should rinse out and air out your gallon jug before attending.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 general admission, $15 RBG Members; this event includes 1.5 hours of instruction/activity. You will also have access to Rotary Botanical Gardens’ grounds, and light refreshments. If you are interested in Membership perks, such as discounted rates, Click here!

Deadline to Register: 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 or while tickets last.

Please note: Refunds are not available for this program. If you are unable to attend, you are encouraged to send someone in your place. Carry-ins are not allowed, this includes alcohol. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, who is also required to purchase a ticket. Please know that if the syrup making season has progressed well, there will be samples for you to taste and possible even purchase (cash only.) If weather permit, attendees will go outdoors to tap trees; please be dressed for the weather.

Questions? For more information or if you require special accommodations, please contact Hayley at 608-314-8411 or email education@rotarygardens.org



February 24
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545 United States
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