BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The start of maple syrup season isn’t only the sweetest time of year, but it marks the coming of spring!

Every Saturday in March, folks could visit the Beaver Lake Nature Center and learn all about how maple syrup is made during a tour of the Sugar Bush, also known as a forest stand of sugar maple trees.

During the Sugar Bush tour, Beaver Lake naturalists explain to visitors how maple syrup is made, share the science behind the sap and explore the old tradition of maple sugaring.

“This is a really unique thing to this area. You can’t go to many places and actually visit a working Sugar Bush and it’s nice and local.”


Tours are self-paced and are free with park admission, being $5 per vehicle.

Visitors could also enjoy a pancake breakfast before or after the tour. The popular breakfast includes sausage, a beverage and of course the option of adding local maple syrup to some hearty pancakes.

In addition to the breakfast, the Beaver Lodge Gift Shop will be stocked with a wide variety of maple products for purchase. All proceeds will benefit The Friends of Beaver Lake, a non-profit group that supports the Nature Center’s mission.

Beaver Lake Nature Center is an Onondaga County Park, located 3 miles west of Baldwinsville off of Route 370. The mission of Beaver Lake Nature Center is to foster local and global stewardship of nature through diverse recreational and educational opportunities.

For more information, call the Nature Center at 315-638-2519 or visit the website here.