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Maple Sugaring Primer for Early Childhood Educators

  • Thursday, December 29, 2022
  • Friday, March 31, 2023
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As spring begins its approach, some look to the maple tree as a source of food and inquiry. Discover the delight of tapping maple trees and sugaring with young children in this online primer. Under the lens of working with young children, we will introduce the process of maple sugaring and help participants feel comfortable bringing this experience to their own programs and practice. We will introduce basic winter tree identification, address the cultural and historical relevance of sugaring, share best practices and responsible harvesting, discover the science behind the sugaring process, and share tips and tricks for engaging children in the process.

Participants will demonstrate proficiency in the different aspects of the sugaring process and, in turn, receive an ERAFANS sugaring badge representing their understanding of the practice, along with a professional development certificate. If you want to introduce sugaring to your program or personal practice with intention and authenticity but are not sure where to start, then this primer is for you!

Your course facilitators is Emily Woodmansee, ERAFANS Professional Development Coordinator and Founding Naturalist of Among the Ferns.

You can register for this course anytime now through March 31, 2023.

This on-demand course is offered in three 45-minute segments that you can watch at your own pace. The course is hosted on the Thinkific platform and lessons can be accessed sequentially. Additional materials will be provided to help you lead maple sugaring activities with your students. Upon registration, we will provide you with a list of suggested reading and materials.

This course is ideal for teachers in preschool, childcare, and elementary school settings who want to learn about the process of maple sugaring.

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