Thanks for sticking with us for our 2017 season!
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!
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!