There are a lot of things to like about winter ending in the Hudson Valley, and one of those things is that it's time to tap the maple trees. Fresh maple syrup is a real treat, and local maple syrup is even better. How about learning all about how to tap that maple syrup? March 3 kicks off three weekends of maple sugar tours at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum at 120 Muser Drive in Cornwall.

The tour will include special crafts, games, treats of the sweet season, and fun recipes for maple syrup. Learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees, discover sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, see an evaporator in action, and finish by participating in a taste test challenge to see if you can tell the difference between maple flavored syrup and the real thing.

Sugar Bush Tours are at 11am, 1pm and 2pm, and include a one mile moderate hike through fields and forest to the Sugar Shack.  Maple Lane Tours are at 12pm and 3pm and include a short walk from the farmhouse to the new sugar shack after a tour of the sugar maple stand.  For more info, visit the museum's website at https://www.hhnm.org/.

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