Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop


Are you interested in learning about making your own maple syrup? If so, come to the fourth annual Backyard Maple Syrup Production Workshop, taught by Chris Evans, University of Illinois Extension Forester and Jesse Randall, Michigan State University Outreach Specialist. Maple sap collection and syrup production is easy, relatively inexpensive to start, and is a great late winter project that can be fun for the entire family. Sugar maples, the species typically thought of for sap collection, are abundant in southern Illinois but other species of maple can be tapped to make this tasty syrup.
We are offering an expanded program this year! From 10am-noon come learn the basics and see firsthand the entire process of backyard maple syrup production. Following a free lunch at noon, we will discuss scaling up production and advanced techniques and demonstrate equipment from 1pm to 3pm.
The University of Illinois Extension will also provide some activities for kids during the morning session, including taste testing of real maple syrup!
The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10am-3pm at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, located at 354 State Highway 145 N, Simpson, IL 62985. This program is free and open to the public. You can choose to come to the morning session, the afternoon session or both!
Register by January 30th at
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Dixon Springs at 618-695-3383.
For more information, please contact:
Bronwyn Aly –, 618-252-8391
Chris Evans – , 618-695-3383