This resource was created by Abigal Schmid and Kate Reilly.
January is the perfect time for new outdoor adventures and a refreshed sense of learning and discovery of our natural world. Need some inspiration to get started?
Thanks to the PreK to Grade 2 students at Weston Elementary School in Manville, New Jersey for sending along words to describe their visions of a winter experience at Duke Farms:
- Peaceful and calm
- Green… but also snowy
- Cold and “brrrr” - so be active!
- Glistening, glimmering, and bright
- And most importantly - happy.
If you are still making the decision to go outside to explore, the winter world awaits your curiosity.
Maple sugaring is the method of making maple syrup out of sap. Humans have collected tree sap for many years - evidence shows that sap collection and production may have even started before or around the beginning of the 17th century! The earliest records show Indigenous peoples collecting sap from sugar maple trees, placing it into hollowed-out wooden troughs. Stones were then heated in a fire and placed inside the sap troughs to boil. By boiling down the tree sap, the water evaporated, causing the liquid to condense and boil down into an edible, thick, sweet, sticky syrup product. Yum! What else can we learn about maple sugaring through the ages?