Maple Education & Extension

About the Program

The Yale Forests’ Maple Education & Extension Program is designed to be a resource for aspiring sugar producers and backyard enthusiasts alike, across Southern New England. We’ll cover everything from sap collection to maple silviculture to syrup processing, offering you some tools to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change and to manage for a resilient, healthy sugarbush. If you want to be notified about all of our upcoming programming, please sign up for the Quiet Corner Initiative mailing list.

The following schedule of maple workshops will be held in 2022. Please email schoolforests@yale.edu to RSVP, and fill out a vaccination attestion form to be exempted from Yale’s mask policy.

Intro to wood evaporator and reverse osmosis use

Date: Saturdays March 5th and 12th

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost: Free

Location: Yale-Myers Forest – 150 Centre Pike, Eastford, CT


Advanced syrup processing and filtering

Date: Saturday April 23

Time: 9am - Noon

Cost: Free

Location: Yale-Myers Forest – 150 Centre Pike, Eastford, CT


Maple Silviculture: sugar maple regeneration and timber harvesting

Date: Saturday July 16th

Time: 9am - Noon

Cost: Free

Location: Yale-Myers Forest – 150 Centre Pike, Eastford, CT


Maple Silviculture: sugar maple regeneration and timber harvesting

Date: Wednesday July 27th 

Time: 9am - Noon

Cost: Free

Location: Great Mountain Forest - 201 Windrow Rd, Norfolk, CT


Producer to producer knowledge transfer on sap collection and processing

Date: Tuesday, October 4th

Time: 4:00-6:30pm

Cost: Free

Location:  Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, MA


Sap collection: tubing system installation and sap storage

Date: Saturday October 22nd

Time: 9am - Noon

Cost: Free

Location: Yale-Myers Forest – 150 Centre Pike, Eastford, CT

This three-year initiative is supported by a grant from the USDA Acer Access and Development Program.

 

Past Workshop Topics

5/16” Tubing Systems & Tapping Techniques - Jan. 27, 2021

For the material covered in this workshop, please see our videos on 5/16” tubing systems and maple tapping. A recording of the Zoom Q&A Discussion Session is available here.