Maple Sugaring

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8023 State Route 30 Paul Smiths, New York 12970
518-327-6241
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The Paul Smith’s College VIC is proud to participate in maple sugaring education at our demonstration sugaring operation. Join us for FREE interpretive programming, or just stop by during NYS Maple Weekends to get a taste of our VIC-made syrup! You can also support VIC maple educational programming through our Adopt a Maple program!

Adopt a Maple!

Support the development of maple sugaring at the VIC by adopting a Sugar Maple tree for $50. We’ll do the tapping, and you’ll be investing in the VIC’s maple programming and the equipment to take loving care of the tree. The best part is you get a quart of maple syrup from “your tree” when it’s ready! (plus the cost of shipping). Adoption papers are available at the VIC front desk or you can find them by clicking here. Makes a great gift!

Tubing at the VIC Sugar Bush

NYS Maple Weekends

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, March 18,19 & 25,26
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Who: 
All ages!
Cost: Free
More details: The VIC is proud to be a part of New York State Maple Weekends. Stop by and say hello to our sugar shack student workers, staff, and volunteers and taste the sweetness of maple syrup made at the VIC!

The VIC Sugar Shack

March Interpretive Maple Tours

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays through March
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Who: 
All ages
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 per person
More details: Bring your own snowshoes and join a VIC naturalist for a walk through the woods and to our sugar shack to learn about the art and science of maple sugaring!

History of Sugaring at the VIC

In 2013, the Paul Smith’s College VIC collaborated with Cornell Maple and The Wild Center to expand maple syrup and sugaring opportunities in northern New York. The VIC developed two demonstration sugar bushes – one with lines and one with buckets – to model what a family could do in their own back yard.

In the VIC’s first season, we used a mobile sugar shed set up near the VIC building, and in the fall of 2013, VIC staff, along with volunteers and Paul Smith’s College students, built a new VIC Sugar House. The majority of the lumber was harvested from the VIC grounds, and some was  milled on site by students using the college saw mill.

Maple products produced at the VIC are sold at Packbasket at the VIC, our on-site shop. The VIC offers interpretive programs, free for the public, on maple sugaring and participates in the NYS Maple Weekends. The maple project has also been integrated into the environmental education programs for school children as well as Paul Smith’s College students, and interpretive signage is being developed for both the VIC Sugar House and the VIC Sugar Bush.

We also encourage VIC neighbors to participate in our community maple sugaring program. You collect the sap, and we process it to make beautiful sweet syrup.  For more information, contact us!