Asbury Woods is excited to once again offer the community a chance to rent and take charge of sap collection from specific sugar maple trees on their property. Individuals and families who participate in the program will be assigned a group of four buckets that will be placed on trees in our Asbury Woods sugar bush, an area with many maple trees growing.
Trees will be tapped, buckets hung and labeled by Asbury Woods staff, then the renters take charge of collecting sap from their trees and have the opportunity to take the sap home to boil it down into maple syrup.
Each bucket can hold up to five gallons of sap and can be checked and emptied anytime during daylight hours over the course of maple syrup season. Participants must provide their own containers to transfer and transport their sap home. It takes approximately 40-50 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup.
Information and education will be provided to all participants as the season progresses from Melissa Goodwill, Education and Community Programs Coordinator. Communication will also be posted to this page for future reference.
Fee: $25 for 4 buckets. Each bucket can hold up to 5 gallons of sap.
Sap collection season is entirely dependent on temperature fluctuations as a pattern of warm daytime temperatures, followed by cool temperatures overnight for several days is necessary to get the sap running. The quantity of sap produced from individual trees and duration of the tapping season varies from year to year. Participants can be at the ready for sap collection from approximately early February until late March.
“Sugar maple trees are a natural resource unique to the Great Lakes region. This program is a way Asbury Woods can share our natural resources with the community,” says Kelley Lang, Director of Education and Community Programs. “People often notice tapped trees, buckets and sap lines strung on trees as they travel throughout our region in late winter, but not everyone has trees on their property to experience maple syrup production for home and family use first-hand. We’re thrilled to once again share our trees, sap and knowledge so people can try their hand at home maple syrup production. We sold out this program last year and we anticipate the same for this season.”