Tapping maple trees for their sap to make syrup was practiced by Native Americans and later passed on to European settlers. A variety maple trees including the red maple, sugar maple, and black maple survive the winter by storing starch (sap) in their trunks which is drained to make maple syrup. What do you do with maple syrup? Pour it on another starchy food – pancakes!
Made from wheat flour, honey, olive oil, and curdled milk the first pancakes, or tagenites were created by the ancient Greeks around 5 B.C. Today, we make pancakes from ingredients including milk, eggs, and butter. Other fun things such as chocolate chips, walnuts, any fruit, and more can be added. To learn more about maple sugaring and pancakes. Check out Irvine Nature Center in February.
Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast
On Saturday, February 20 from 9 a.m.to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Irvine Nature Center is offering its Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast, a program suitable for members of all ages.
This members only event is free, but pre-registration is required for this event as walk-ins are not allowed. Click here to register.
Take a winter hike to learn about the practice and history of tree tapping. Afterwards stuff yourself with pancakes smothered in sweet maple syrup.
On Saturday, February 27 or Sunday, February 28 from 1:30 p.m.to 3 p.m.; Irvine Nature Center is offering Maple Magic, a program suitable for all ages.
The cost is free for member and $20.00 for non-member families. Pre-registration is required for this drop-in activity as walk-ins are not allowed. Click here to register.
Bundle up to take a daring winter hike and learn about tree tapping. Discover how the evaporator is used to make maple syrup.
What You Need to Know
The Irvine Nature Center is located at 11201 Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills across from Jemicy Upper School (click here for directions).
It offers many learning and craft activities for children, families and adults. Families with children can enjoy special programs that include a variety of hands-on activities.
Although admission to the Irvine Nature Center is free, many programs require a registration fee. Become member to get reduced fees on programs at the Irvine Nature Center by clicking here.
The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, and the Nature Store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Check out Irvine Nature Center this February to learn about maple sugaring and eat some pancakes. Directions and visitor information for the park can be found at the link below.
Have a great day!
Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117