CELEBRATE THE SWEETEST SEASON WITH AUDUBON VERMONT|
40 Years of Sugar-On-Snow Parties Help Raise Money for Education Programs
Huntington, VT, March 2010 - When the steam rises from the Green Mountain Audubon Center Sugarhouse along the Richmond-Huntington Road, it's the time of year to visit one of their delicious Sugar--On--Snow parties. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sugar-On-Snow parties at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. This long-standing tradition will be held this year on Saturday, March 27th, and Sunday, March 28th, from 10am - 4pm. Visitors to the Center are sure to enjoy the sweet celebration of spring in Vermont.
On each of these 'sweet weekend days', visitors to the Center may partake in a number of activities down in the sugarbush. Audubon Vermont Teacher/Naturalists lead tours for visitors through the sugarbush demonstrating the process from tapping a tree to tasting the sweet syrup. Visitors may also visit an outdoor fire where they will experience the methods the Abenaki used for boiling sap and hear one of the stories about how maple syrup was discovered.
And best of all...the enticing sweetness of 'sugar on snow'! Volunteer's will serve up bowls of snow drizzled with boiling hot maple syrup. "Sugar on Snow is amazing," says Audubon Conservation Biologist Mark LaBarr. "One mouthful and you know you have just experienced an unforgettable Vermont tradition. My family has been attending Audubon's Sugar on Snow parties every year for over 10 years. We wouldn't miss it."
The Green Mountain Audubon Center has been making syrup from the 600-tap sugarbush on the property since 1969. One of the few remaining sugarbushes to tap trees with buckets, the staff and volunteers must visit approximately 600 trees following the Center's tractor around emptying the buckets into a large gathering tank.
Center Director Kim Guertin sees the sugaring season as an important part of the education programs at Audubon. "Celebrating and experiencing the maple sugaring process is part of Vermont's culture. Through our programs at the Center, we hope to share with visitors the history of maple sugaring and the connection Vermonters have with the land through the sugaring process." Since the early 1970's, maple sugaring has been a part of the education programming at the Center. The Center's education staff leads hundreds of Vermont school children through the sugarbush each season. For the entire month of March, all of the Green Mountain Audubon Center's programs focus on sugaring; from preschoolers and their parents to bus loads of school children from Burlington and surrounding communities to the hundreds of visitors to the Sugar--On--Snow parties.
There's no fee to attend the Sugar--On--Snow parties at the Green Mountain Audubon Center, and the tours and activities are also free of charge. Sweet treats like sugar on snow, cider donuts with syrup for dipping and hot beverages will be on sale. And of course, there will also be plenty of this season's syrup for sale! All funds raised from the parties will help support the Green Mountain Audubon Center's sugaring operation and education programs at the Center.
Audubon Vermont is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our statewide network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences each year.
Contact: Kim Guertin, Center Director or
Jennifer Gilson Neville, Event Coordinator
Brought to you by:
Audubon Vermont & The Green Mountain Audubon Center