Frost Valley YMCA Announces Free Maple Sugaring Open Houses

Have you ever wondered how maple syrup is made? Frost Valley YMCA announces Open Houses for individuals and families to tour its maple sugaring operation and learn all about how pure maple syrup is made. Maple Sugaring Open Houses will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st.

Families are encouraged to visit Frost Valley’s Maple Sugar House, which sits one mile east of the main entrance during one of the Open Houses. The main entrance, marked by prominent signage, is located at 2000 Frost Valley Road in Claryville. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, how sap is collected, and how that sap is turned into maple syrup. 

Frost Valley first began maple sugaring in 1978 using buckets to collect the sap from sugar maple trees. At that time, only a few hundred buckets were used. Today, Frost Valley uses tubing and a vacuum pump system to collect the sap and large tanks for storage.

Advance registration is not required unless individuals plan to stay for the weekend. For more information, contact the Natural Resource Department at 845-985-2291 ext. 217.



Frost Valley YMCA

Frost Valley YMCA is a 5,500-acre, year-round camp - There's something for everyone here in the Valley. From group and family retreats to overnight camps to horse camps to teambuilding, we've got you covered. School groups love taking a three-night field trip to explore the natural world and learn about the environment and their classmates. Family weekends are the perfect getaway for the young and the young at heart. Teambuilding retreats afford corporate, collegiate, religious, and other groups the opportunity to challenge themselves and effectively work toward common goals. In the summertime we're where kids and teens gain independence, explore the world, and make lifelong friends through various camps such as traditional sleepaway camp, farm camp, horse camp, adventure trips, survival camp, and day camp. Call (845)985-2291 or email to learn more today!

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