Freezing nights and thawing days are the start to a jar of maple syrup! Without these temperature fluctuations, people would never have discovered such a wonderful treat. Saturday, March 5th from 7:30am-4pm and Sunday, March 6th from 12:00pm-4:00pm is Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie! This early spring weekend at Shawnee Prairie Preserve offers guided tours through history and science as we learn the process of turning sap into syrup. After our tour through the woods, we’ll visit the Sugar Shack, where you can warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the Log House where you can visit with our 200-year-old pioneers and discuss 18th century life. Finally complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop will be full of maple goodies for your sweet tooth!