Clinic facilities

Master the art of maple syrup making at a two-part clinic in Michigan

CADILLAC, MICH. — Tap into the early spring vibes this month by learning to make maple syrup with Michigan DNR’s Outdoor Skills Academy.

MNR’s Maple Syrup Clinic will teach people how to make this sweet treat at home, from selecting and tapping the right trees to canning the final product.

The clinic will take place in two parts, including a virtual class on Sunday February 13 and an in-person class on Sunday March 6.

Sunday, February 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (video/virtual): The clinic begins with a video you can watch at home, discussing the tools you need, where you can find them, and how to use them. Then, enjoy virtual instruction from a Michigan forester and other experts that will cover tree identification, harvesting a live tree, and sap collection and storage.

Sunday March 6, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (in person): Head to the Carl T. Johnson Fish and Game Center at Mitchell State Park in Cadillac, where you and the rest of the class will go through the steps of processing sap, canning syrup, making maple sugar and more.

The Maple Syrup Clinic costs $25 per person; the fee covers both dates. Note that a state park Leisure passport is required to enter Mitchell State Park.

Find more information and get details about other Outdoor Skills Academy courses here.


Visit Traverse City landmarks, earn a free pie with the Spring Travel ‘Passport’

Michigan Sled Dog Races are a ‘super-charged’ celebration of winter

Want to work in nature? Michigan DNR Now Hiring for Seasonal Wildlife Team

Scientists embark on ‘Winter Grab’ to gather data on warming Great Lakes

Michigan State Parks Seeking Volunteers for February Wildlife and Habitat Projects