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U of I Extension to host maple syrup workshop

  • U of I Extension workers demonstrate how to make maple syrup at the 2018 maple syrup workshop.

    U of I Extension workers demonstrate how to make maple syrup at the 2018 maple syrup workshop.

Submitted by U of I Extension Service
updated: 1/9/2019 12:07 PM

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- Those wishing to learn how to make their own maple syrup have on opportunity to learn how in February.

The fourth annual Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop, taught by Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension Forester and Jesse Randall, Michigan State University Outreach Specialist, will teach the basics.

Maple sap collection and syrup production is easy, relatively inexpensive to start, and is a great late winter project that can be fun for the entire family. Sugar maples, the species typically thought of for sap collection, are abundant in southern Illinois but other species of maple can be tapped to make this tasty syrup.

We are offering an expanded program this year. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 2, those interested may learn the basics and see firsthand the entire process of backyard maple syrup production. Following a free lunch at noon, we will discuss scaling up production and advanced techniques and demonstrate equipment from 1 to 3 p.m.

The University of Illinois Extension will also provide some activities for kids during the morning session, including taste-testing of real maple syrup.

The workshop will be held at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, located at 354 State Highway 145 North, Simpson. This program is free and open to the public. You can choose to come to the morning session, the afternoon session or both.

Register by Jan. 30 at

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Dixon Springs at (618) 695-3383.

For more information, please contact: Bronwyn Aly at, (618) 252-8391 or Chris Evans at, (618) 695-3383.