Art of making maple syrup at Jamestown Audubon

Date(s) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


The Art of Making Maple Syrup will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

The program will begin in the Nature Center’s multipurpose room, where a slide show and lecture will describe what it takes to make maple syrup.  Instructor Rick Rupprecht will bring samples of the equipment he uses and talk about alternatives that are available.  A quick walk outside will help you learn to look closely at branches and bark to identify a sugar maple from the other trees in the yard.

Participants are asked to dress for the weather.

Each participant will receive a certificate good for one visit in March to Uncle Rick’s Sugar House in Asheville.  Because cooking sap is dependent on the weather, the visit cannot be scheduled yet.  Participants will be given the number to call Rupprecht to set their visit with him, when they will receive one small bottle of fresh maple syrup. Anyone who cannot schedule a trip can pick up their syrup at the Center after March 20.

The fee is $22 or $18 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations are requested by Monday, Feb. 9. Call (716) 569-2345 to register and pay at the door or register online.


A minimum class size of 12 is required by Feb. 10; walk-ins will be accepted after that.

As an Audubon volunteer, Rick Rupprecht helps at festivals, leads children on discovery walks, presents programs for groups as an Audubon Ambassador, leads the Elk Field Trip, and builds things from wood for displays and exhibits, to name just a few. The director of aviation and professor of mathematics at Jamestown Community College, he has been making maple syrup for six years.