THE WARREN FARM & SUGARHOUSE
31 Warren St., North Brookfield, MA 01535
Dear Scout Leader,
While you are planning your field trips for the year, we would like to invite your troop to tour our maple sugaring operation. The tour, approximately 75 minutes long, takes children on a guided and narrated walk through the history of maple sugaring. We will share stories about the Native Americans’ role in the early history of sugaring, and continue by demonstrating colonial methods and tools for collecting and boiling. Along the way scouts will explore two different systems used today, and will have an opportunity to see new technologies. Aspects of science, meteorology, global warming, and math will be woven into the presentation. At the sugarhouse a large evaporator stands ready to receive sap from collection tanks outside. Here, they will learn how sap is boiled into syrup, and see the equipment and gauges needed for this process. Everyone will be able to sample fresh sap and pure maple syrup. The level of discussion is adapted to the age of the group, and questions are encouraged.
The admission fee is $12.00 for children and $5.00 for adults. Each child will receive a generous gift bag containing a 100 ml jug of syrup, a kid’s activity/recipe booklet, a 2-pack of maple sugar candy, a maple coloring book, and other items. Appropriate adjustments will be made for older students. We have a gift shop filled with maple syrup, maple confections and other products we produce here on the farm, with prices beginning at $3.50. This is an optional stop added to the end of the tour (approx. 20 min), and only the scout leader will decide if it is to be part of the troop’s experience.
We strongly suggest that everyone attending be dressed for a short outdoor hike during cold, and sometimes muddy, weather. Many of our March days are sunny but windy. Once inside the sugarhouse students will be close enough to touch the evaporator. For safety reasons, we will not be fired up during the tour, but there will be sap and syrup in it from the last boil for students to view.
You will be mailed a free grade-appropriate learning activity along with your reservation confirmation and a map to the farm. Tour slots for scouts are scheduled Mon. thru Thurs. at a time of your choice, or Sat. and Sun. at 10:00 during the month of March. The weekend time slot is a perfect time to make this an outing for the whole family – be sure to bring this up for discussion. Please call as soon as possible to reserve your date and time, as our spaces are limited during the season and this has been a very popular field trip.
We look forward to meeting your troop and sharing our love for sugaring,
Janice and Dale Wentworth
The Warren Farm & Sugarhouse