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Maple Syrup Day


March 18, 2017
10 am – 4 pm

Members & Kids Under 18
: Free |  Non-Members age 18+: $4

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*Pancake Meal: 10 am – 2 pm
Members Only:  9 am – 10 am

Pancake Meal Pricing
Members (age 13+): $6 | Members (age 3-12): $4 | Under 3: Free
*Members will receive the discounted pancake meal price the entire day.

Non-members (age 13+): $7 | Members (age 3-12): $5 | Under 3: Free

Pancake meal includes:
Pancakes, Sausage, Applesauce, Milk, Coffee

Beginning at 10 am, crafts, activities and demonstrations will take place at the Visitor Center, Homestead Farm, Log Schoolhouse, Sugarhouse and Sugarbush. In the Visitor Center, kids will love playing maple games, making a maple leaf craft and a paper mokuk, a copy of the bark container used by Native Americans for gathering maple sap. Visitors can watch the Midland Woodcarvers create amazing projects. Find sweet treats and other nature-based items for purchase at the Nature Center Store. At the wigwam, traditional skills expert Jim Miller will share how Native Americans once lived in this spot along the Pine River many years ago. Visit Nature Preschool from 10 am-2 pm to meet the teachers, see the classrooms in this LEED(TM) Gold certified building and learn about the curriculum. Registration is now open for the 2016-17 school year.

Visitors can take a hay wagon ride to the Sugarhouse to see how we boil sap into pure maple syrup at CNC. You’ll also find an 1870s sap boiling demonstration and learn how to make maple syrup at home in small batches, take a Sugarbush tour and learn how to tap a tree. In the Schoolhouse, visitors will enjoy the Maple Music Matinee, a live music program featuring original songs by Dennis Pilaske, every hour on the hour from 11 am-3 pm. Taking place hourly from 10:30 am-3:30 pm will be the maple puppet play. Nearby in the Log Cabin, volunteers will demonstrate woodstove cooking as they use tasty maple recipes from days-gone-by, and kids will enjoy a springtime craft.

To volunteer, contact Cathy Devendorf at cdevendorf@chippewanaturecenter.org or (989) 631-0830.


2017 Sponsors



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Member & Friend Sponsors

Richard W. Danville
Dennis & Barb Hurley
Dr. Marianne & Frederick McKelvy

Jim Malek
John & Lou Saam

Mark & Katherine Robertson
Bruce & Joan Vaydik
James & Mary Yeomans