Teacher Resources

Maple sugaring presents ample opportunities for interdisciplinary and experiential learning. The process of making syrup is rich in science, math, history, poetry, story, and community. Sugaring is an irresistible enterprise that requires collaboration and hands-on work in the natural world. Program director Eliza Nelson has decades of experience as an educator and is passionate about working with teachers and students to merge classroom curriculum with visits to the sugarbush. Please reach out to her as you design your unit of study. Learn about field trips and educator events that we offer. We are also in the process of creating a glossary and a bibliography to assist you, and we are eager to collaborate in further developing our learning resources. In the meantime, we have provided a preliminary list of topics to pursue.

Science of Sugaring

Atmospheric pressure

Boiling point

Density

Evaporation

Enzymes

Fungi

Hormones

Minerals

Osmosis

Photosynthesis

Sap flow

Seasons

Sugars

Surface tension

Temperature

Tree anatomy

Vacuum

Math of Sugaring

Liquid measure

Percentages

Rate

Ratios

Surface area

Slope

Altimeters

Circumference

History of Sugaring

Indigenous sugaring

Colonial sugaring

Civil War sugaring

Modern sugaring

Bigleaf Maple sugaring

Sugaring communities

Stories of Sugaring

Abnaki

Anishinaabe

Iroquois

Potawatomi

Maple Moon

Miracles on Maple Hill

Sugarbush Spring

Sugaring Time

Poetry of Sugaring

Evening in a Sugar Orchard by Robert Frost

Maple Shoot in a Pumpkin Patch by Kristine O’Connell George

Maples by Mary Oliver

Sugar on Snow by David Yezzi