Sugar maple tapping scheduled for Bendix Woods

Maple sugaring activities are scheduled to begin at Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle on Saturday, February 18.

Trees will be tapped for the upcoming sugaring season.

The public is invited to join park staff and volunteers to help drill holes in the trees and install the tubing system which allows the trees’ sap to flow directly to the sugar house.

Volunteers will also clean sap storage tanks, stack firewood and clean the sugar house.

Tapping activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Sauk Trail Shelter.

Participants are welcome to bring a cordless power drill. The park will provide tapping bits, additional drills and other tools.

Participants should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. to ensure they will get the chance to tap trees. Dress for the weather.

Later in the season, visiting school groups will hang sap buckets in an adjacent area of the sugar camp. The park’s annual Sugar Camp Days festival will be held March 18 and 19, 2017.

The main entrance to Bendix Woods County Park is located on Timothy Road in New Carlisle, 8 miles west of the U.S. 31 bypass from the State Road 2 Exit.

For more information, please call 574/654-3155.

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