The Sugar Shack Program

at Montour Preserves

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Tapping trees for Maple Syrup

When you’re pouring gooey, sweet maple syrup on a stack of pancakes, did you ever wonder where it comes from or how it’s made? PPL’s Montour Environmental Preserve teaches visitors about the secrets of maple syrup each winter.

Facts about Maple Sugaring

  • Maple sugaring dates to the Native Americans, who taught the country’s early settlers how to harvest the sap of maple trees to make sugar.
  • Sap from sugar maple trees is preferred because it typically has the highest sugar content of most trees.
  • It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.
  • Maple sugaring only takes place in about 14 Northeastern states and parts of Canada.
  • Sugaring is best when the weather alternates between freezing and thawing. In Pennsylvania, that usually means February and March.
  • Maple sugaring at the Montour Environmental Preserve began in 1972.
  • Since the launch of the program, nearly 30,000 people have learned about maple sugaring at the preserve.

Montour Preserves

Friday, March 13th, 11am-1pm

700 Preserve Rd

Danville, PA

From Interstate 80:
Take Exit 224 and drive west on Route 54. At Washingtonville, turn right as if heading toward Strawberry Ridge. At the first intersection, turn left onto PPL Road. Continue north on PPL Road past the Montour power plant and a group of greenhouses to the intersection with Preserve Road. Turn right onto Preserve Road. Montour Environmental Preserve’s office and visitors center will be on the left.

From Williamsport:
Drive east on Interstate 80, then east on Route 54. Watch for the intersection with Route 44. Continue on Route 54 past the intersection. About a mile later, turn left onto Preserve Road. Continue past the intersection with PPL Road. Montour Environmental Preserve’s office and visitors center will be on the left.


11:00-12:00 Educational program about tapping Maple trees 12:00-1:00 Tapping Maple Trees - we will go into the woods and tap trees, experience the cooking process and, most importantly, taste test!

Please dress accordingly for the outdoors & the weather.


Cost is FREE and Lunch will be on your own after this program.

RSVP: Parents must submit ALL of the information below from their designated Parent school email by March 10th!

Please send all RSVP info (#1-#5) from your parent school email account to:

FSC Dana Ciccotti OR

FSC Kim Salerno-Duffy

Please include:

1) Student name & grade

2) Chaperone/Adult/Parent's full name

3) Additional people: (name & age/grade(if child), or name of adult)

4) Total in group

5) Any serious allergies or medical conditions that I should be reminded about?


1. In consideration of our students with serious allergies, please refrain from bringing nut (food) products or balloons.

2. As always, to limit the spread of possible flu, please do not attend a PA Virtual event if you have had a fever within 24 hours of the event.

3. For safety: All students need to be accompanied by a parent, learning coach or other designated adult. All students must wear shoes/sneakers for the entire school event and please refrain from bringing pets.

4. If there is a possibility of severe weather, please check Blackboard the day of the event in case of cancellation due to weather.

5. All PA Virtual events are tobacco free. Please do not smoke near or around any children or the outing facility.

Purpose: Social & Educational

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the history and process of maple sugaring
  • Students will learn teambuilding skills and cooperative learning
  • Participants will learn how to tap the trees to collect maple syrup
  • Students will learn about the cooking process that produces maple syrup

Educational Hours to log into OLS:

Students may log 60 minutes in History and 60 minutes in Science