maple syrup

ASHLAND -- The Ashland County Park District will host its Maple Syrup Day event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at Cooke Family Wildlife Conservation Park.

Now in its second year of operation, the event will highlight different aspects of the maple sugaring process and teach visitors how to identify and tap maple trees.

“I’ve seen other park districts and organizations to these types of events, and I always thought they were pretty fun,” ACPD executive director Stephanie Featheringill said. “I’ve gotten more involved in learning the process of maple sugaring in the past few years and figured so many more people might like to learn.

"It’s very popular in our area, so we brought it to our park district.”

In its inaugural year in 2020, the event brought in more than 100 visitors from the Ashland community. 

Visitors receive a bucket or bag, then take a wagon ride into the woods to be instructed on tree-tapping.

Afterwards, people can return to the lodge and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes with fresh local maple syrup made from Lucius Maple Syrup in Bucyrus.

“It’s a great event for the whole family,” Featheringill said. “And who doesn’t want all-you-can-eat pancakes?”

Free sample jars of syrup will be available for the first 50 people.

Donations are appreciated, but not required. Syrup will also be available for purchase. Cooke Park is located at 4774 Ohio 13 in Shiloh.

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