The 4-H Maple Syrup Project focuses on maple syrup: its history, production, and use.
This leader’s guide includes six units geared towards junior 4-H members (9-13 years old). Each unit provides background information and instructions for the leader on how to educate and engage youth in maple syrup production and use. This project will help 4-H members develop an understanding of the key steps involved in successful maple syrup production. In addition, this project will help members develop basic skills in tree identification, tapping, and baking. Members will become wise consumers of maple products and will become familiar with their use in recipes.
This guide was adapted, with permission, from the Ontario 4-H Maple Syrup General Level Guide for Leaders and Youth Leaders.
The 4-H Maple Syrup Project can be incorporated into new or existing programs and clubs, such as nature clubs, forestry clubs, and cooking clubs, or can be used as a stand-alone project.
- Unit 1: Learn what maple syrup is and where it comes from.; Learn about the history of maple syrup.; Create Maple Taffy on Snow.
- Unit 2: Maple Tree ID and Measurement
- Unit 3: how maple syrup is made, marketed and used for value added products - - sap to syrup, visit a maple farm, marketing maple
- Unit 4: Become familiar with a variety of maple products; Learn how to properly store maple syrup; Make recipes which use maple syrup in different ways.
- Unit 5: career opportunities in the maple syrup industry