Maple syrup events on tap

March is the perfect month to explore the origins of the maple syrup that sweetens your weekend pancakes.

Central Ohio offers several opportunities to learn about the maple sugaring - the process of collecting sap from maple trees and boiling it into syrup. The events usually involve a walk in the woods to find trees to tap, a discussion of the process and a chance to sample the syrup.

Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast, Stratford Ecological Center

The day begins with a pancake breakfast served with local syrup and a trek to the sugar shack.

Time: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 5
Cost: adults, $10; children, $5
Address: 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, 43015
Registration: 740-363-2548
Website: www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org

Maple Sugaring in the Hills, Hocking Hills State Park

Meet at the Naturalist Cabin located beind the Old Man's Cave Visitor Center to see how local sap is boiled into syrup.

Time: 12 noon-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13
Address: 19852 State Route 664 S., Logan, 43138
Cost: free
Website: www.thehockinghills.org/maple_sugaring_in_the_hills.htm

For a list of other maple sugar events, go to http://trekohio.com/maple-syrup-events/

-Melissa Kossler Dutton