Annual Special Event
Maple Syrup Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Touch of Nature Road,
February 23 - February 24, 2019
Times: 9 am - 3 pm
The Touch of Nature Environmental Center's annual Maple
Syrup Festival is your chance to engage all of your senses in
experiencing winter. The event will feature demonstrations, live
music, vendors, activities for all ages, and of course, pancakes
topped with homemade maple syrup. Itís a family friendly event and
everyone is welcome.
Dress warmly as most activities take place out of doors. The main
focus will be on demonstrations on how maple syrup is made from
collecting the sap to converting it into syrup. There will be tree
identification hikes and skilled craftsmen will demonstrate hide
tanning, woodworking, pottery making, basket weaving, silk
embroidery and the making of natural soaps, candles, herbal products
and more. Addison DeLisle, art and design research assistant and
masterís student, along with other graduate students, will show how
blacksmithing is done, and the SIU Forestry Club will present
lumberjack competition activities. There will be special activities
for children, live musical entertainment, and a variety of vendors.
A special treat is the pancake breakfast featuring syrup made on the
property that will be served from 9 am - 1 pm. Kids ages 5 and under
eat for free when accompanied by an adult. There is a fee for
attending the breakfast and preregistration is required.
Free. The pancake breakfast is $12 for ages 13 and up, $6
for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.
information call 618-453-1121
or visit the