February 09, 2007

Pancake breakfast, maple syrup workshop planned

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — If you want to know the work that goes into making maple syrup — and sample some of the goodies — Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Touch of Nature Environmental Center has an event lined up for those with even the sweetest of teeth.

Touch of Nature is hosting a "Maple Syrupin' Pancake Breakfast and Workshop," from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 17.

A two-hour maple syrup workshop follows the pancake breakfast. Environmental center staff will provide insightful lectures on tree physiology, maple tree identification, legends and lore surrounding maple syrup harvest, and techniques used in making maple syrup. And through hands-on and cooperative experiences, participants will learn the tradition, folklore and pioneer skills of sugaring off.

The rain date is Saturday, Feb. 24.

The cost is $12 for adults; $6 for children 5 to 10 years old. Children under 5 are free. Proceeds will go to helping students attend workshops offered by Touch of Nature's Environmental Education program.

Registration is required and space is limited. For registration, further information and directions, call 618/453-1121, ext. 250. Touch of Nature is about nine miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road.

You can also visit the Touch of Nature Web site at http://www.pso.siu.edu/tonec/.