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Maple Syrup Tap Off

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The Ney Nature Center had their maple syrup kick off this morning.

One of Ney Nature Center's most popular programs hit its third year mark today as one of the biggest groups they've had got together to be a part of the maple syrup process. Starting the day with introduction and a taste and then sent the volunteers outdoors for the hands on project.

Ney Nature Center's Board of Directors Member and Coordinator of the Maple Sugar Program Mick McGuire said, "Gives people a chance to just get out of the house because a lot of people have had cabin fever. You've kind of been cooped up for months now; first kind of nicer days, maybe just get out, go for a walk in the woods, Spring is just around the corner; let's get out and do something."

The event welcomes any age and skill level, and the unique opportunity to be a part of an old process draws in people from all over.

Ney Nature Center's Marketing Coordinator Katelyn Larsen said, "We just had a couple of newbies out here this week from the cities, and they really hadn't done that before, so to be able to tap trees themselves, they were really excited."

The program has seen growth each year since it originally started three years ago.

McGuire said, "It's a program that actually generates some money because we do sell that syrup here through the Nature Center and we've had very good luck. The first year we tapped 50 trees and we produced about 10 gallons of maple syrup, we sold it in no time. We tapped 100 trees last year and we produced just under 20 gallons and then this year we'll be tapping about 130 trees. So it's kind of growing every year, we hope over time we can grow it to be even more successful."

The simplicity of the process is what draws some of the crowd.

McGuire said, "In our society you get more and more removed from here food really comes from so this is a chance you start with really a raw product and you end up with something you can put on your table."

The Ney Nature Center will continue to tap trees over the next few weeks. 

They also need volunteers for the boiling down and the bottling process and anyone is welcome.

-KEYC News 12