Maple sugaring activities are scheduled to begin at Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle, Indiana on Saturday, February 15. 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, split and 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 21 and 22, 2020.