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DATE: February 11, 2002

UM-Dearborn's Natural Areas seeks volunteers for maple sugar activities

DEARBORN--- It's maple syrup season for the Natural Areas at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and volunteers are needed to assist with several maple sugaring activities.

The Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) at UM-Dearborn will hold a tree tapping event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 for people interested in learning about the maple sugaring process.

Participants will learn to identify the proper trees for tapping and then have the opportunity to collect sap from the trees.

Individuals and organized groups are welcome to attend the event. Children should be at least 7 years old to tap a tree, but younger children are welcome to come along for the fun.

Volunteers also are needed to collect sap on various days between Feb. 20 and March 12, including weekends. Participants meet at 4 p.m. at the EIC and are in the field collecting sap for about two hours. Individuals and organized groups are welcome to participate. To register, contact Rick Simek, supervisor of the Natural Areas at UM-Dearborn, at (313) 583-6371.

Adult volunteers are needed to help make syrup by tending to the sap stove. The process involves a six-hour commitment during the day, usually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Simek at (313) 583-6371.

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