Sugarin’ Off Pancake Breakfast
Celebrate the beginning of spring with Sugarin’ Off at River Bend Nature Center!
River Bend Nature Center will once again host the spring time tradition of “Sugarin’ Off” pancake breakfasts to celebrate the maple sugar harvest. Sunday breakfast are scheduled for March 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9am to noon.
Pancakes with 100% Wisconsin maple syrup, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea, or milk are on the menu. Tickets can be purchased at the door; $8 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12 (free for children 3 and under).
Following your breakfast, our naturalist volunteers will lead visitors of all ages through the woods to observe and learn the process of maple sap collection and syrup production.
Volunteers will tap 70 maple trees on the nature center grounds and collect sap to make the syrup. See the sap boil over a roaring fire as it concentrates into “liquid gold”. When the sap is boiled, the sap’s naturally occurring water evaporates as steam, leaving the sap and its sweetness to concentrate into maple syrup.
Pure maple syrup is 100% maple sap that has been boiled down; 40 gallons of sap makes one gallon of syrup. A gallon of pure maple syrup weighs 11 pounds!
We welcome you to join us for this local tradition of discovery and fun at River Bend Nature Center!