Due to road construction near Rockwoods Reservation, the Missouri Department of Conservation has announced that it will not hold the annual Maple Sugar Festival, though the event is expected to return in 2018. MDC will continue to offer smaller maple sugaring programs at Rockwoods Reservation throughout the month of February.
Families with children ages 7 and up can learn more about collecting and boiling maple sap at Making Maple Syrup programs, which will be offered Thursday, Feb. 9, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1-3 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1-3 p.m. The program covers the science behind the process, as well as its historical significance.
MDC will also offer Cakes for Tots for children ages 4-7 Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will learn more about sugar maple trees and enjoy pancakes topped with maple syrup made onsite.
All programs are free, but advanced registration is required and space fills quickly. Call 636-458-2236.
February is maple sugaring season in Missouri due to the weather conditions, which provide the right combination of below-freezing temperatures at night and above-freezing temperatures during the day.