Second Grade Trip to Sharon Audubon

On Thursday, April 5th the Second Grade Classes from Elm Drive attended an educational outdoor field trip at the Sharon Audubon.

Mrs. Doyle, Mr. Hammell, and Mrs. Jordan all chaperoned the trip. The trip focused on the process and history of Springtime Maple Sugaring. Students participated in 3 stations while on the trip.

First, students were treated to a fireside Native American tale of Chief Woksis and his wife Moqwah detailing the historical facts surrounding the discovery and early methods of maple sugaring. This included the early Native American use of hot rocks in a wooden Mokuk to boil the "Sinzibuckwuda" as the Algonquian's referred to maple syrup in their tongue. Students also learned about the use of the Colonial Time's "Lazy Man's Balance" to prepare maple syrup over the campfire.

Next, students were taught about Sugar Maple tree identification, the best temperatures for sap to flow through the roots of a tree, tree age/diameter and preferred selection for drilling. Students then walked the Audubon trail and learned about modern day sap collection methods including the use of the spile and buckets and also the more modern use of plastic tubing.

In the final station of the day, students were taken inside the Sugar House located on the Audubon campus where their own homemade maple syrup is produced. There students were able to view the evaporator filled with boiling sap up close and were also able to see firewood added to the evaporator's furnace to assist in the boiling process.

As a final treat, students were able to taste the maple syrup on a spoon and then were also treated to some homemade maple syrup covered popcorn before departing the Audubon to return to Elm Drive!