CHESTERTON | Dunes Learning Center’s first overnight family program is off to a “sweet” start.
The Focus on Maple Sugaring workshop, scheduled for Feb. 21-22, will explore the history and science of maple sugaring through stories, crafts, games and hands-on activities — including the opportunity to tap one of their local Sugar Maples.
“Cold temperatures bode well for sap production,” said Erin Crofton, Dunes Learning Center’s director of education. "When the days start getting warmer and the nights remain cold, pressure builds up in the tree and the sweet sap starts moving—making February and March prime maple sugaring time at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore."
Participants will get the chance to test the science for themselves in this retreat-style workshop. They’ll tap, boil and taste the sugary fruits of their labors, while gaining an appreciation for the long history of maple sugaring in the Dunes.
Presented in partnership with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Focus on Maple Sugaring is for all ages.
The workshop will run from 5 p.m. Feb. 21 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Lodging is provided in modern, heated cabins, each with four bunk beds and a private bathroom. Tuition is $95 per person and includes food, shared lodging and materials. Fill a cabin with four people for just $300. Register online before Feb. 16 at duneslearningcenter.org or phone Kellie Koerner at (219) 395-9555.