Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus encourages residents of all ages to learn more about maple sugaring at the County’s Bowdoin Park on Saturday March 14th and Sunday, March 22nd from 10am to 2pm. The events are FREE to the public.
“This is a fun and educational event for the whole family to enjoy,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “What a great way to spend time together in our beautiful Bowdoin Park and as we all look for a bargain, you can’t beat the free price!”
Dutchess County park naturalists will be teaching the age old art of maple sugaring. They will explore both modern and Native American methods used to create maple syrup. The event will be both indoors and outside and will include demonstrations of tapping a sugar maple tree, boiling sap with hot rocks and by evaporator, and starting fire by friction. Demonstrations will be held on a rotating schedule, so come for as little or long as you like! There will even be an opportunity to purchase syrup made at Bowdoin Park to take home and enjoy (dependent upon availability.)
“Our maple sugaring program is just one of the great programs offered at Bowdoin Park by our park naturalists,” said Dutchess County Parks Director Steven Olsen. “We have a wide array of weekend and summer programs as well as custom programs for schools and scouting groups.”
To learn more about the maple sugaring programs or any of the other programs at Bowdoin Park, visit the Parks Department page at http://www.dutchessny.gov/ or call 845-298-4602. Bowdoin Park is located at 85 Sheafe Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
Brochures of the various programs offered by the Dutchess County Parks Division are available on the following webpage: