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.