EAGLE RIVER—March and April typically signal the beginning of the “off-season” in the Northwoods.

Warmer temperatures and dwindling snow cause deteriorating conditions on the trails, yet often there’s too much snow for easy hiking and other outdoor activities. While the typical spring mix of warm and cold often means saying goodbye to winter traditions, it creates the perfect climate for an early spring tradition—maple syrup harvesting.

With its abundance of trees and early spring mix of warm days and cold nights, Wisconsin consistently ranks among the top five maple syrup producing states in the country. Many people enjoy this sweet treat and there’s a growing interest in learning how to collect sap and make maple syrup from your own trees.

Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) Environmental Education Center in Eagle River offers learning experiences for people of all ages and is offering the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of maple-syruping.

TFT’s Sustainable Living Institute’s (SLI) “Making Maple Syrup” program on March 20 is perfect for adults ages 18 and over who want to gain the technical knowledge and experience to begin their own sap collecting operations.

Participants will learn about, and experience, every step in the process during this full-day work shop, and leave with collecting kits and a quick-reference guide to get started right away at home.