Students collected about 55 gallons of maple tree sap
Teacher John Phenix talks to several young children about the wood fueled evaporator used to boil maple tree sap down into maple syrup. Students at CMH School collected about 55 gallons of tree sap which made just over one gallon of syrup. The school recently held a Maple Sugaring Festival where attendees learned about the maple sugaring process.
Children’s Meeting House Montessori School (CMH School) held a Maple Sugaring Festival where fourth through sixth graders shared the maple sugaring process with their families and the greater Loveland community. Students taught attendees about the history of maple sugaring and how native peoples used hot stones to boil sap into syrup. Students demonstrated how maple sap is collected by tapping trees and the process used to make maple syrup. Most people were surprised to learn that it takes 40 gallons of maple tree sap to get just one delicious gallon of maple syrup.
The event culminated in a delightful pancake and maple syrup breakfast with over 500 pancakes being served. Families and friends from the community were able to sample and enjoy different grades of pure maple syrup to find which type they preferred.
The students tap trees on the expansive 8 acre campus of CMH School, located just minutes from downtown Loveland. This year, the students collected about 55 gallons of maple tree sap resulting in a gallon and a quarter of syrup. “The learning process alone makes the small syrup return worth it. The children have a deep understanding of the whole process and it’s history,” states teacher John Phenix. He continues, “I only wish the weather had been colder and brought a bit of snow for maple syrup icees! Maybe next time.”
Children’s Meeting House Montessori School serves children three years of age through sixth grade. CMH School celebrates over forty years of excellent Montessori education and creating a legacy of leaders and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.cmhschool.com or call (513) 683-4757.
Ryan Eicher teaches Wyatt Glassmeyer how to use a hand drill to tap trees for sap. CMH School recently held a Maple Sugaring Festival where attendees learned about the maple sugaring process.