Tapping of maple and other trees for syrup has been going on for hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans to North America. The public is invited to come out to Fort Ridgely State Park this coming Saturday (March 30) at 10 a.m. for a demonstration on tapping of maple trees.
Those planning to attend will meet at the upper picnic shelter at Fort Ridgely State Park. The presenters will demonstrate what it takes to tap a tree, collect the sap and boil it to produce sweet syrup and will also talk about the history of tapping trees.
Participants are encouraged to wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather conditions.
Fort Ridgely State Park is located off State Highway 4, six miles south of Fairfax or 12 miles north of Sleepy Eye, then follow the signs to the park. For more information, visit mndnr.gov.
A Minnesota State Park pass ($7 daily or $35 yearly) is required to drive into Fort Ridgely State Parks and can be purchased at the park office. Information is also available by calling Scott Kudelka, Minneopa area naturalist, at (507) 384-8890 or by calling the DNR Information Center, at 888-646-6367 toll free between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.