John and Julie  Ptasznik, of Troy, set up a pail to collect sap at a tree tapping event Feb. 23 at the Stage Nature Center. The event kicked off the maple syrup season.

John and Julie Ptasznik, of Troy, set up a pail to collect sap at a tree tapping event Feb. 23 at the Stage Nature Center. The event kicked off the maple syrup season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Get sappy at the Stage Nature Center

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 26, 2019

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See sap at the Stage Nature Center and learn how it’s used around the globe during Maple Syrup Days the first three Saturdays in March. 

“Our tree tapping event is one that we look forward to every year,” Carla Reeb, the executive director of the Troy Nature Society, said in a prepared statement. 

The Troy Nature Society is a nonprofit organization operating the educational nature programs and activities at the Stage Nature Center, a 100-acre preserve located in Troy.  

Over 1,000 visitors attend the maple syrup program each year. 

Volunteers at the Stage Nature Center present the 90-minute tours, which will begin every 30 minutes and run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2, 9 and 16.  

Each tour will explain the history, art and science behind maple syrup production. Topics will cover all aspects of maple syrup production, starting with the weather and how it affects the production of sap, the history behind maple sugaring in the Troy area, and theories on who started maple sugaring. Visitors will also see how sap is collected and boiled down into maple syrup inside the sugar shed, where a wood-stoked sap evaporator boils the sap into syrup. 

“It’s a very, very popular event for all ages,” said Debbie Williams, the lead naturalist at the Troy Nature Center. 

The theme for this year is “many saps and maple taps,” she said. 

Staff will explain how different types of saps are harvested and used throughout the world, including how rubber is made from rubber tree sap, syrup from birch tree sap, and wine and sugar from palm trees. 

Maple syrup and candy will be available for purchase courtesy of members of the Troy Historic Village.

Maple Syrup Days costs $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 4– 12. Children younger than 4 attend for free. The cost for members of the Troy Nature Society and the Troy Historical Society is $6. 

Walks-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. Register online at stagenaturecenter.org or call (248) 688-9703. 

The Stage Nature Center is located at 6685 Coolidge Highway. 

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