Maple syrup

Whitewater State Park

10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. Saturday

This hands-on program covers the history of maple syrup and sugar-making, as well as the equipment and procedures used. Participants of all ages will tap trees, gather and boil sap, and then taste pure maple syrup. The program is offered at two times. Reservations are required. To register, call 507-932-3007, ext. 226. More information:

Maple syrup II

Fort Snelling

State Park

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.


Learn about maple trees and the history of making maple syrup at this all-ages program. Find out what equipment is required, how to tap trees, and how to process sap into syrup. Maple syrup samples will be offered. More information: 612-279-3550 or

Maple syrup III

Wild River State Park

1 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Meet at the visitor center to venture into the park's sugar bush where you'll learn how to tap a tree and collect sap that's used to make maple syrup. You will need a vehicle to travel to the area where the group will tap trees. Note: Syrup will not be processed at this program. More information: 651-583-2125, ext. 227 or

Maple syrup IV


Nature Center

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Tap trees in this White Bear Township center's sugar bush, collect fresh sap and watch it boil into syrup in the evaporator. Taste the final product in the form of "sugar on snow" (in this case, crushed ice), a Vermont tradition of pouring hot syrup over snow. An all-ages activity, it's $7 per person. Registration is required. Call 651-407-5350, or go online to

Bird banding

Lowry Nature Center

9 a.m.-noon Saturday

Head over to the Carver Park Reserve in Victoria to see songbirds up close as they are carefully trapped, tagged, studied and released. You may hear a bird's heartbeat, and help release the bird. This program is free and open to all ages. Groups of 10 or more are asked to call Lowry at 763-694-7650 to reserve a start time.