Maple Madness returns for Hamilton County Parks

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By Sadie Hunter

 

Each year, staff from Hamilton Co. Parks & Recreation uses its skills in the outdoors to literally tap into nature for a maple syrup within properties and parks owned by the department.

This year is no different, as the department will again host its annual Maple Madness program at Bray Family Homestead Park, 4528 Sheridan Rd., Noblesville, on March 4.

In an area known as Sugar Grove within the park, guests will learn each step in the syrup-making process in rounds of free, guided tours that are open to the public.

The tour will show how to tap into the trees, then how the sap is boiled down to syrup inside the sugar shack. Traditional and modern equipment and methods used in processing maple syrup will be featured. In the final stops of the tour, guests will learn about the history of the Bray family on the homestead – who owned the land for 160 years and tapped its trees for their personal use – as well as Native American ties to tapping the trees in the Hamilton Co. area, with a final stop at the Sugar Shop, where maple products will be for sale.

Tours will be given approximately once each hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to wear warm clothes and boots and enter the park off of Hinkle Road, parking in the paved parking lot. Although the event is free, registration is required by calling 317-774-2500 or by emailing cool.naturecenter@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.

For volunteer opportunities, call 317-774-2509, or email volunteer@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.

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