Learning How to Tap Sugar Maple Trees

We have some incredible trees in our watershed. . . including sugar maples! TTF’s Steph Clymer and Earth Force’s Dan Brown joined students and teachers from Bridesburg, Feltonville, Lawncrest, and Roosevelt Recreation Centers for a maple sugaring event at Fox Chase Farm. The event included fun activities and informative demonstrations. Students made leaf rubbings, listened to some great storytelling, sampled delicious maple sugar candy, and helped tap sugar maple trees.

Maple sugaring has been happening at Fox Chase Farm for over 20 years. Sugar maple trees are tapped and the sap is boiled into maple syrup and candy. Each tap (there up to four per tree) yields an average of 10 gallons of sap per season, which in turn yields about one quart of maple syrup. Learn more about the maple sugaring process and see pictures here.

Maple Sugaring - Sap collection

This metal bucket collects sap as it drips from the hole drilled in the trunk of the tree. Each tap yields an average of 10 gallons of sap per season. Warm sunny days (above 40 degrees F) and frosty nights are ideal for sap flow.

About Julie

Julie Slavet is TTF's Executive Director. She has over 20 years of experience in community affairs, program development, and personnel management. Julie earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Smith College and an M.S. in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts. Julie has served as an Advisor to the Jenkintown Community Alliance and a Director of the Montgomery County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative. Contact Julie at 215.844.8100 or julie@ttfwatershed.org.

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