Sign-up to begin for trips to sugar maples fest

MARENGO – McHenry County Conservation District offers free field trips to elementary schools in McHenry County and public tours for the annual Festival of the Sugar Maple at Coral Woods Conservation Area in Marengo.

The popular Festival of the Sugar Maples School Field Trip sign-up starts Wednesday for grades two through five. The field trip is offered daily Feb. 25 to March 1 and March 4 to 8.

Students will learn the fascinating history of maple sugaring and see how the sap collection process has evolved to modern techniques. They also will visit the evaporator house and to watch the sap as it is transformed into syrup. Finally, everyone gets a taste of pure Coral Woods maple syrup before they leave.

The entire field trip is outdoors, lasts about an hour and travels one-mile stretch of a wooded nature trail.

Teachers can call 815-479-5779 to plan an outing.

Free public tours are offered weekends, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Coral Woods Conservation Area is at 7400 Somerset in Marengo.

For information, call 815-479-5779 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.

– Northwest Herald

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