During the next few weeks, more than 750 students will be learning the science and history of maple syrup by touring the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. They will learn about maple syrup production in Wisconsin.
Most of the students are fourth graders who are studying the history of Wisconsin in social studies. They will come from 12 different schools in the area.
According to fourth grade teacher Carissa Franz-Brown, the visit will fit into the social studies curriculum her class is studying, which includes learning about the life of a lumberjack.
“They’ve just seen maple syrup in the bottle,” she said. “It’s just kind of exposing them to something made in Wisconsin that they can eat.”
The science of maple syrup production is also new to many students. Franz-Brown says that some students believe maple syrup is directly tapped from the tree instead of being created by evaporating the water in sap through boiling. it down