Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop

  • 02/06/2016
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Dixon Springs Ag Center (Pope County)

Are you interested in learning about making your own maple syrup?  If so, come to the Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop, taught by Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension Forester.  Maple sap collection and syrup production is easy, relatively inexpensive to start, and is a great late winter project that can be fun for the entire family.  Sugar maples, the species typically thought of for sap collection, are abundant in southern Illinois but other species of maple can be tapped to make this tasty syrup. 

This workshop, hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, will cover tree identification, equipment needs, tree tapping, sap collection, boiling, and finishing maple syrup.  Participants will see firsthand the processes involved in making maple syrup.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10am-noon at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, located at 354 State Highway 145 N, Simpson, IL  62985.  This program is free and open to the public.  If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP by February 5, 2016 by calling the Saline County Extension office at 618-252-8391.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Extension office. 

For more information, please contact:

Bronwyn Aly -, 618-252-8391

Chris Evans -, 618-695-3383

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